Google buys ‘Relevance’

Google today announced the company’s acquisition of the intellectual property, including patent rights, source code, trademarks, and associated domain names, from Outride Inc., a Redwood City, Calif.-based developer of online information retrieval technologies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“This acquisition is another example of Google’s commitment to providing the highest quality search service in the world,” said Larry Page, Google co-founder and president, Products. “Outride has made significant advances in the field of relevance technology and we believe Google provides the ideal vehicle to continue the development of these technologies.”

Outride, a spin-off from Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), was created to apply state-of-the-art model-based relevance technology to the challenge of online information retrieval. Outride’s technologies were designed to enhance productivity from end-users by simplifying the ability to find the right information at the right time.