For the week of February 14, 2012, there were 5,272 patents issued in all.  Below are six of those patents that caught my attention.  Most of the companies presented below are younger, independent, companies. RingCube, acquired by Citrix systems last year, was included to illustrate the effect a strong IP portfolio can have in making a company an attractive acquisition target.

Confident Technologies (Vidoop)

Confident Technologies provides multi factor authentication services.  Vidoop, whose assets were acquired by Confident Technologies, has received its first patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,117,458.  The patent is directed to a method of authenticating a user by presenting two images, each image having a corresponding access code.  Confident Technologies has 8 employees and has received 1.5 million in funding.  The patent appears to relate to the company’s Confident ImageShield product:

Follow Confident Technologies on Twitter: @ConfidentTech.

Surf Canyon

Surf Canyon develops a search plugin that improves search results through personalization.  The company was granted its second patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,117,197.  The patent appears to be core to Surf Canyon’s business in that it is directed to dynamically re-ranking search results based on monitoring which links the user clicks and which links the user skips.  The company was founded in 2006 and has 3 employees.  Surf Canyon has received 750,000 in funding to date.  Follow Surf Canyon on Twitter: @surfcanyon.

My Perfect Gig

My Perfect Gig provides tools for online recruiting for corporate recruiters.  The company received its first patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,117,024.  The patent is directed to matching received resumes with job specifications by extracting data from resumes and identifying highly used synonyms for key terms.  My Perfect Gig was founded in 2007 and received 3.5 million in funding in 2010.   Follow the company on Twitter: @myperfectgig (account appears to be inactive).

Soonr

Soonr provides a cloud based service for sharing files between teams.  The company received its fourth patent since being founded in 2005.  U.S. Patent No. 8,116,288, is directed to a server-based system for distributing data to mobile devices formatted in accordance with the receiving device’s capabilities.  Soonr has 30 employees and has received 23 million in funding from investors such as Intel and Cisco.  Follow soonr on Twitter: @domoresoonr.

Ringcube Technologies

Ringcube Technologies was acquired by Citrix Systems in August 2011.  In support of the acquisition, Citrix noted that Ringcube, founded in 2005, has 24 pending patent applications.  Ringcube Technologies has now received the second of those patents, U.S. Patent No. 8,117,608.  The patent is directed to a method of allowing applications of a personal computer to be available on other computing devices through the use of a mobile storage device.  Follow Citrix on Twitter: @citrix.

Icosystem

Icosystem provides predictive analytics tools to assist with decision making.  U.S. Patent No. 8,117,140 is the company’s fourtheenth patent.  The patent is directed to a method of determining vulnerabilities of a computer system.  The Cambridge, Massachusetts based company has 25 employees.  Follow Icosystem on Twitter: @icosystem.