Multi-Window Internet Search Patent to be Sold by Alan E. Swahn and Osann IP Consulting at ICAP Fall 2011 Live IP Auction

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By combining browser and search UI functions with webpage preloading, this unique IP extracts maximum bandwidth from a PC and the Internet enabling users to flip through fully active webpages up to 100x faster than conventional methods.

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Alan E. Swahn and Osann IP Consulting today announced the auction of their Lot 72 patent portfolio for Multi-Window Internet Search at the ICAP Patent Brokerage Fall 2011 Live IP Auction on November 17th in San Francisco.

Today, Internet web browsers and search engines operate independently and in a serial fashion. Users receive lists of links, and ping-pong back and forth between lists and individual webpages, waiting for each new page to be downloaded and displayed. They are also constrained to viewing one webpage at a time per tab or opening multiple web browsers to view different websites. This creates a disconnect when searching, as information related to a particular search topic is typically scattered across many independent websites. The inability to concurrently load, view, and operate on multiple independent webpages in a single web browser display greatly impedes information search, retrieval, and analysis processes considering the untapped levels of processor power and Internet connection bandwidth available today.

This invention describes a new paradigm for browser and search engine integration. By combining browser and search UI functions along with webpage preloading, this new technology extracts maximum bandwidth from a PC and the Internet enabling users to flip through fully active webpages up to 100x faster than conventional methods. Supporting functions are also described, including group bookmark for instant retrieval, the number of webpages to be concurrently displayed, a favorites queue, zoom, group webpage advance, adaptive preloading to balance resources and more.

This portfolio addresses market limitations by providing an enhanced web searching and browsing experience. It discloses a software application (e.g., an enhanced web browser) that takes a search query and fetches results from one or more search engines. The search is then processed to concurrently preload a number of the associated webpages. The web browser displays multiple fully active webpages simultaneously on a single interface. On today’s flat screens, it would be common for a user to view two, four, or even nine webpages simultaneously. The user may then navigate on any displayed webpage, zoom in and out on any webpage, bookmark any grouping of webpages, or advance to the next set of webpages in the preloaded queue. Descendant webpages may also be preloaded to further increase viewing speed.

Entitled “Multi-Window Internet Search with Webpage Preload", the Provisional Application disclosed all claimed elements and was filed on September 10, 2002. The Non-provisional Application issued in 2011 as US Patent No 8,015,259. Pending Continuation Application No 13/207,333 is included in the auction lot and claims variations on multi-window browsing, as well as a facility for altering the webpage zoom-factor in a manner utilized by some current browsers, such as Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

The Multi-Window Search IP lot should be of interest to software companies providing search-related platforms and browser enhancements for a variety of applications. Forward citations for this lot include: Google, IBM, and Microsoft. To find out more about this unique IP portfolio, the IP Auction event, and the patents being offered, contact: Dean Becker at (561) 309-0011 or Dean.Becker(at)us(dot)icap(dot)com.

About Alan E. Swahn:
Alan is the inventor of the Multi-Window Search IP. He is currently the VP of Product Management at Flexera Software. Alan has more than 29 years of experience across multiple high-tech domains, including: semiconductors, electronic design automation, wireless communications, and software asset management. Contact Alan at 978-794-1053 or alane(at)swahn(dot)com. Visit http://www.silaero.com/multi_window_search.html .

About Osann IP Consulting:
Robert Osann is co-owner of the IP. He is an Intellectual Property consultant, inventor, and veteran of 5 VC-backed startups. Since 2007, he has sold 6 patents and 9 applications to 3 different buyers, including a Smart Phone patent portfolio at the Ocean Tomo Fall IP auction in 2007. Visit http://www.silaero.com .

About ICAP Patent Brokerage:
ICAP Patent Brokerage is a division of ICAP plc and the world's largest intellectual property brokerage and patent auction firm. Visit http://icappatentbrokerage.com/forsale .

Media Contacts:
Luisa Sepulveda
ICAP Patent Brokerage,
312-327-8162
Luisa.Sepulveda(at)us(dot)icap(dot)com

Robert (Bob) Osann
Osann IP Consulting
408.313.1990
bob.osann(at)silaero(dot)com

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