A VERY big shout of congratulations goes out to Chandra Bodapati (et al) for receiving a patent on "methods and systems for determining email addresses." How cool is that?! I hope, hope, hope to interview him online about this soon. (fingers crossed)
In the meantime, I can only speculate what this means to all of the other recruiting tools on the market today. Will they have to pay Chandra a royalty if their tools work the way eGrabber products do? Will this slow down (or stop altogether) competing products from entering the market or, will they simply come up with new ways that do not infringe upon Chandra's patent? For that matter, will it just be that competing products will do everything else but find free emails when sourcing leads?
Another consideration? I am over-thinking it. Chances are that I am. What do you think? Is this as big a deal as I think it is? Let me know your thoughts.
Read the patent in detail here: http://tinyurl.com/mkomm2x