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Yahoo plans to apply for about 20 times more U.S. patents next year than it did in 2002….Yahoo, which spends about $500 million annually o…

Yahoo plans to apply for about 20 times more U.S. patents next year than it did in 2002….Yahoo, which spends about $500 million annually on research and development, declined to release specific figures on its patent applications. The company is looking to license its patents but doesn’t plan to pursue that as a business.

The company is securing its intellectual property because the Web is changing rapidly as more advertisers shift their spending online and the use of search explodes, the story says.

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