343223 story Amazon Patents Including a String at End of a URL 306 Posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday October 23, 2007 @08:40AM from the why-didn't-i-think-of-that-oh-wait dept. theodp writes "On Tuesday, Amazon search subsidiary A9.com was awarded U.S. patent no. 7,287,042 for 'including a search string at the end of a URL without any special formatting.' In the Summary of the Invention, it's explained that 'a user wishing to search for 'San Francisco Hotels' may do by simply accessing the URL www.domain_name/San Francisco Hotels, where domain_name is a domain name associated with the web site system.' Here's the flowchart that helped cinch the deal."