Having a patent bearing your name may be a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. For Thomson Reuters employees Mark Bluhm and Jon Verreaux, it’s the tip of the iceberg.
Bluhm and Verreaux, along with a team of roughly 30, received the news on Jan. 20 that the application they’d submitted nearly three years earlier had been granted, making this the second patent bearing Bluhm’s name, and the first for Verreaux.
Both patents focus on the Novus platforms that allow us to search and load information into and out of servers with the speed, accuracy and efficiency we’ve come to rely on each day.
For many of our products, like Westlaw, the ability to both load and retrieve information quickly is critical in order to stay competitive in the market.
This latest patent, number 7,480,644, identifies an information retrieval system that can store and retrieve load data from multiple servers at the same time. Similarly to how information is now loaded into servers, a lot of information loaded at once using multiple servers, data can now be retrieved in the same way – using multiple servers.
“We’re able to provide our clients with up to date information at the very moment they need it, all the time” said Bluhm.
Don’t be surprised to hear more from this innovative team – they’ve got six applications still in review with the patent office.
Posted by Nicole Hansen, communications coordinator, Thomson Reuters