U.S. Patent 8,095,534 Describes the Selection, Ranking and Presentation of User Verified Search Results


NEW YORK, March 7, 2012 — Vizibility Inc. (http://www.vizibility.com) today announced that it has been awarded patent 8,095,534 by the United States Patent & Trademark Office. The patent, entitled “Selection and Sharing of Verified Search Results” covers the company’s technology and features related to enabling an individual to select, rank and present a subset of search results that have been verified as accurate by that individual. The verified search results can be seen by simply clicking on Vizibility SearchMe™ buttons and links or scanning Vizibility QR codes and NFC enabled Vizibility ID cards.

Vizibility helps people control, organize and share their online identities using SearchMe buttons, links, QR codes, near field communication (NFC) chips and, later in 2012, Microsoft TAGs. These can be added easily to online profiles and bios, email signatures, business cards, printed bios, resumes, presentations and anywhere else they want to make their online identity visible. When clicked or scanned, Vizibility users are notified by text message or email that someone is interested in learning more about them (functionality explicitly covered by the patent).

Vizibility is the leading online identity management platform for professional services firms of all sizes with forward-thinking clients including Dewey & LeBoeuf, Duane Morris, Loeb & Loeb, Lowenstein Sandler, McCarter & English, Novak Druce + Quigg and many others. Vizibility’s SaaS platform is also integrated into other products and services including Hubbard One (a unit of Thomson Reuters), 6FigureJobs, BlueSteps, Reach360, RealMatch, Salary.com, videoBIO and dozens of other websites offering professionals online identity management and social networking solutions.

"Most of the 50 million professionals in the United States understand they are going to be searched online as part of any vetting process,” said James Alexander, founder and CEO of Vizibility (http://vizibility.com/james). “One out of every two buyers of legal services, for instance, reported recently that they would be less inclined to hire an attorney if their credentials could not be validated online. ‘Googling’ job candidates is routine. Like it or not, search results rule reputations. There is a clear economic threat to professionals who do not take steps to control, manage and share their online identities.” 

Vizibility’s commercialization of the patent makes it a snap for users to pick and rank up to five verified search results (the patent does not specify a limit). These verified results are displayed with a one-click button to see the individual’s entire set of curated search results in Google (functionality explicitly covered by the patent). The window displaying the verified results is search engine optimized naturally, enabling SearchMe links to appear high in organic search results over time.  This powerful, white hat method for personal SEO is exclusively available from Vizibility and its technology licensees.

This is the company’s third patent in its growing portfolio of intellectual property which is focused in the area of online identity and reputation management. Novak Druce + Quigg LLP serves as Vizibility’s strategic IP counsel.

About Vizibility Inc.

Vizibility Inc. (http://www.vizibility.com) delivers the world’s first online identity management platform for individuals and professional services firms. The Vizibility platform is being integrated into websites and businesses where it enables their users to curate, organize and share individual online identities via SearchMeTM buttons, links, QR codes and NFC chips. U.S. Patents 7,831,609; 7,987,173 and 8,095,534. Other patents pending. Find us in Google at http://vizibility.com/news.