The following table displays the calendar year along with the first corresponding document number issued in each year for selected patent document types (utility, design, plant, and reissue patents and statutory invention registrations) (*) The current patent numbering system began with a patent issued on July 13, 1836.
Prior to that date, an estimated 9,957 patents had been issued.
The trademark goes hand in hand with the patent challenge, both of which are part of JDate’s lawsuit against its new rival.
There are HUNDREDS of apps, and THOUSANDS of websites utilizing features that would seemingly go against these broad patents, but not really any law suits that I've heard of.
Is this because the apps/websites are just small fish at the moment?
As of 2008, Friendster had more monthly unique visitors than any other social network in Asia.
The top 10 countries accessing Friendster, according to Alexa, as of May 7, 2009 were the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, South Korea, Bangladesh and India.
I don't understand how such simple ideas such as "if A likes B, and B likes A, message and let them both know" can be patented...
But JDate does have such a patent and it's been active for 14 years now...
It has some features similar to Grindr/Tindr, but the overall idea is incredibly different.
I found that Zoosk, Grindr, and JDate all have patents on certain gps/matching features, and I'm wondering how strict patent law is in this regards.
A detailed Patent Technology Monitoring Team report, titled Issue Dates and Patent Numbers Since 1836, which contains first patent numbers and the day of issue for patents issued since 1963, also may be of interest. Patent and Trademark Office Electronic Information Products Division - PTMT P.