WordRake Announces Issuance of 10th US Patent for Automated Editing for Readability

Jun 19, 2019

SEATTLE—Today, WordRake Holdings, LLC, a company focused on clear and concise editing for professionals, announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued US 10,325,016 covering a computerized system of analyzing and suggesting improvements for text readability. WordRake’s proprietary technology applies to legal writing, technical writing, and any other business or professional writing.

 “This latest patent makes claims in connection with our technology that offers thousands of editing suggestions with the click of a button, using the familiar track-change style,” said Jim Figel, CEO and President of WordRake. “It grows the number of our patents to 10, confirming WordRake as both a pioneer and the reigning leader in developing clear and concise editing software for professionals.”

WordRake uses signals and algorithms to create its editing suggestions. While teaching over 1,000 writing courses, founder Gary Kinder identified a set of signals that would indicate wordiness and muddled writing. He then discovered these signals were finite and could serve as the foundation for software.

WordRake is unique because its editing suggestions all arise from the signals Kinder discovered. The software does not rely on user-reported data or machine learning because it never communicates with the cloud and never tracks usage, which makes it perfect for professionals who must protect confidentiality. WordRake’s patented signals give the software functionality far beyond find-and-replace functions common in other software. The recently-issued patent shows that WordRake’s offerings are unmatched, and many of its edits are available solely through WordRake.

“The tenth patent rounds out our patent portfolio and establishes WordRake as the leader in analyzing and improving document readability,” said Kinder. “I’m proud to have been an innovator in this industry and to have our unique approach to editing recognized by the USPTO.”

WordRake is used in thousands of law firms, government agencies, universities, and other organizations. Legal professionals find WordRake particularly helpful as local, state, and federal courts continue tightening word limits on briefs, like the recent reduction mandated by federal appellate courts. And WordRake’s unique focus on clarity and brevity also makes it an excellent proofreading tool for government and private organizations with plain-language requirements, like the federal Plain Writing Act of 2010.

About WordRake

Launched in 2012, WordRake is editing software designed by writing expert and New York Times bestselling author Gary Kinder. WordRake runs in Microsoft Word and Outlook, and its suggestions appear in the familiar track-changes style. It uses complex, patented algorithms to find and improve weak lead-ins, confusing language, and high-level grammar and usage slips. View WordRake’s 10 patents here.