Google’s newest patent application is lengthy. It is interesting in some places and enigmatic in others. Less colorful than most end user license agreements, the patent covers an enormous range of ranking analysis techniques Google wants to ensure are kept under their control. Some of the ideas and concepts covered in the document are almost certainly worked into the current algorithm running Google. Some are being worked in as this article is being written. Some may never see the blue-light of electrons but are pretty good ideas so it might have been considered wise to patent them. Google’s not saying which is which. While not exactly War and Peace, it’s a pretty complex document that gives readers a glimpse inside the minds of Google engineers. What it doesn’t give is a 100% clear overview of how Google operates now and how the various ideas covered in the patent application will be integrated into Google’s algorithms. One interesting section seems to confirm what SEOs have been saying for almost a year, Google does have a “sandbox” where it stores new links or sites for about a month before evaluation.