USA1 - Online Dating System - Google Patents
The first example of a LBS dating service using these claims was from ~ in the sheptonmallet.info Trends have shown that Americans are turning to the internet to pursue new dating prospects, with online dating rates at an all-time high. The US patent office has outdone itself this week, awarding dating company eHarmony a patent covering online matchmaking. In patentese.
The big sites are a different story. So, who knows how much IAC is paying or did pay, but—one way or another—the much larger company struck a deal with Spark.
So it is fair to say that other dating sites license it. IAC did not respond to a request for comment on this story. This is the question that has been vexing patent types for some time, but patent experts feel that the Supreme Court finally answered the question last year with the unanimous Supreme Court Decision of Alice Corp. In that case, CLS Bank had software to serve as an intermediary in financial transactions, holding funds in escrow, work that financial intermediaries have been doing as long as humans have traded with money.
So does the Spark Networks matchmaking patent hold up in a post-Alice world? It depends on how you look at it. Spark has something new in its patent, Mr. Johnny knows Frankie passed it to her. Looked at in that light, the suit looks eminently winnable for Spark Networks—whether they are legally justified or not.
In some ways, the JDate patent is a lot like the Alice Corp patent. They both do a kind of escrow work. What if in a pre-computer era dating companies provided ways for people to see each other, but only matched up people who expressed mutual interest?
US20130110731A1 - Online Dating System - Google Patents
This is a good time for a montage of video personals from the 80s: Now is it a safe bet that the company that shot these videos only told women that these dudes were interested if the women were interested in them? Okay, this is starting to make sense, but could you maybe make it really confusing again? Another company with a very similar name, Spark Network Services SNSheld a very similar patent to matching profiles based on compatibilityawarded in the same era.
In other words, Mr. Egan says that this Techcrunch report is incorrect, because the company never sued 2RedBeans, an Asian immigrant-focused dating service. Spring Street Networks had a similar model, before it all fell apart.
What if JDate wins? Odds are, it would happen before trial. So the technology community would miss out on a chance for the courts to offer additional instruction on their interpretation of Alice.
Thereafter, the buying user 18 may decline the invitation at step Alternatively, at stepthe buying user 18 can make an offer to the selling user Thereafter, the selling user 16 can either reject the offer at steprespond with a counter offer at step or accept the offer at step If the selling user 16 rejects the offer at stepthen the negotiation may be terminated.
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Alternatively, if the selling user 16 accepts the offer at stepthen at step communication between selling user 16 and buying user 18 may be enabled, so selling user 16 and buying user 18 can use any communication means 28 to schedule a date, time and place for dating.
Either selling user 16 and buying user 18 may provide a feedback about the other user after their date or after an offer has been made and accepted between them. On the other hand, if at stepthe selling user 16 makes a counter offer to the buying user 18, then the buying user 18 can reject the offer at steprespond with a counter offer at step or accept the offer at step If the buying user 18 rejects the offer at stepthen the negotiation is terminated. Alternatively, if the buying user 18 accepts the offer at stepthen at step communication between selling user 16 and buying user 18 may be enabled, so that selling user 16 and buying user 18 can use any communication means 28 to schedule a date, time and place for dating.
On the other hand, if the buying user 18 responds with a counter offer, then steps to may be repeated till an offer is accepted or rejected by any one of the selling user 16 and the buying user It shall be noted that a user who receives compensation is referred to as a selling user and a user who offers compensation is referred to as buying user for enabling easy understanding of the embodiments.
Such users may also be referred to as first user and second user interchangeably. In an embodiment, the number of times a selling user 16 or a buying user 18 can make a counter offer can be preconfigured by the online dating system. Additionally or alternatively, the time duration for responding to an offer can be configured by the online dating system or the users.
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In an embodiment, a selling user 16 or a buying user 18 may make a fixed price offer, whereby the price names by the user initiating the offer is fixed. Fixed price offers cannot be negotiated, and therefore the user receiving the offer can only accept or reject the offer. In case of a fixed priced offer, no counter offer is permitted. In an embodiment, at stepthe selling user 16 can initiate a negotiation by specifying the compensation desired to schedule a date with the buying user In another embodiment, at stepthe buying user 18 can initiate a negotiation by requesting a selling user 16 to specify the compensation desired to schedule a date with the buying user.
In another embodiment of the present invention, a user A who is initiating the offer may add additional terms to the offer by including with the offer a description of exactly what is expected, such as, where user A wants to go, what user A wants to do, what user B who is receiving the offer is expected to do on their date and any other specific conditions or expectations.
In doing so, user A will provide information about the terms of the offer which will allow user B to make a decision whether to accept the offer, reject the offer or counter the offer. In an embodiment, even the terms of the offer can be negotiated using the online dating system.
In another embodiment, at steporthe user rejecting an offer may provide a reason. The reason may be entered by the user, or the user may choose from a list of preconfigured reasons. The reason for rejection is then displayed to the other user.
The buying user 18 can view the details of any offer made or received in the offer management page As described in the flow chart of FIG. If the selling user 16 responds with the counter offer, the process goes back and forth until the buying user 18 either rejects the offer or accepts the offer.
The offer management page for a selling user 16 would look and function in a similar manner as the offer management page 74 for the buying user The processes described above and illustrated in the drawings is shown as a sequence of steps, this was done solely for the sake of illustration.
The supply and demand of online daters, along with attraction, influence the price a buying user 18 may offer to a selling user 16, and at what price a selling user 16 may accept an offer from a buying user The present invention makes it possible for the buying user 18 to offer a higher price for the selling user 16 that the buying user 18 finds to be more attractive and feels to be in higher demand, while offering a lower price to go out with a different selling user 16 whom the buying user 18 finds to be less attractive and feels to be in lower demand.
The present invention allows the selling user 16 to accept a different price from different buying users 18, depending on how attracted the selling user 16 is to each buying user The price P of a product or service is determined by a balance between production at each price supply S and the desires of those with purchasing power at each price demand D as indicated in the demand and supply curve The positive shift in demand from D1 to D2 is resulting in an increase in price P and quantity sold Q of the product or service.
In yet another embodiment of the present invention, a buying user 18 may host a date or an event, and specify the time, who will be attending, details of the event and the maximum number of people attending. The event may then be published or advertised in the online dating website to selling users 16 who may indicate an interest to attend the event, or make an offer to attend the event.
The event host may choose to accept one or more selling users 16 who respond to the advertisement with an offer to attend.
The event host may also invite or make offers to selling users 16 whom they want to be in attendance of the event. Alternatively, a selling user 16 may also host such a date or event, and specify the time details of the event, who will be attending and the maximum number of people attending.
In the case where the event host is a selling user 16, the event will be published or advertised in the online dating website to buying users The process of negotiating a price and accepting an offer between the event host and users 16 or 18 would follow the process flow chart as outlined in FIG.
Once an offer has been agreed to, there are many methods by which a buying user 18 may pay a selling user In one embodiment of the present invention, the online dating website does not handle the issue of payment, and instead leaves the details and process of payment between the two users entirely up to the users themselves. In doing so, a buying user 18 may choose to pay a selling user 16 prior to, during, or after the date, and may do so by cash, or any other types of payment method, including but not limited to bank checks, cashier checks or pay-pal.
The buying user 18 and the selling user 16 may also choose to barter good or services in exchange for meeting, instead of using cash as payment for the offer. In one embodiment, a selling user 16 may present a wish list or gift registry, allowing the buying user 18 to select a gift from the selling user's 16 wish list or gift registry as the method of payment for the date. In another embodiment of the present invention, the online dating website may provide a provision to collect the agreed upon price of an offer from the buying user 18 directly, or indirectly through a third party service provider or an escrow service.
The collected amount is held in escrow and reimbursed to the selling user 16 after the date has been completed. In this case, the online dating website or its third party escrow service provider may collect a fee for the escrow service provided.
In yet another embodiment of the present invention, the online dating website may collect a payment from either the selling user 16 or the buying user 18 or both prior to the scheduled date. The amount of payment may be fixed or may be a percentage of the offer price agreed to between a selling user 16 and a buying user The timing of such a payment may is occur at any time prior to the scheduled date, either before an offer is made, after an offer is accepted, before or after a selling user 16 and a buying user 18 have scheduled the date.
The purpose of this payment will be to ensure a higher chance that both users will show up for the date. After the scheduled date, if both users appeared for the date, then the full amount or partial amount of the payment may be reimbursed to each of the users. If one of the users does not show up for the date as agreed to by both users, then the non-conforming user will not receive any refund or reimbursement.
In yet another embodiment of the present invention, the online dating website may collect a fee from either a selling user 16, or a buying user 18, or both to unlock or enable communication between them after they have agreed to an offer between themselves.
The amount of fee collected may be fixed or may be a percentage of the offer price agreed to between the selling user 16 and the buying user The selling user 16 may restrict the number of buying users 18 from participating in the auction, that is, whether all buying users 18 can participate or only a group of buying users 18 invited by the selling user 16 may participate, or only a group of buying users 18 that meet a set of criteria such as age, race, location, height, weight, etc.
The winner of the online auction may be determined based on a number of different algorithms to be specified by the selling user 16 or to be programmed into the business logic of the website. For instance, in one embodiment, the buying user 18 with the highest price wins, in another embodiment the buying user 18 with the second highest price wins, and in yet another embodiment the highest bidder is that is accepted by the selling user 16 wins.
In another embodiment of the present invention, users may be asked to rate each other on a scale based on a number of specific factors, including timeliness, politeness, whether payment was made, whether the user stayed for the entire date as agreed to. In yet another embodiment of the present invention, users may be asked to provide answers to specific feedback or review questions, or to write and answer any feedback or review questions they may provide.
To further prevent abuse, the user who is reviewed may be given the opportunity to respond to any negative feedback by providing an explanation or rebuttal. While a particular form of the invention has been illustrated and described, it will be apparent that various modifications can be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.Online Dating Secrets
Accordingly, it is not intended that the invention be limited, except as by the appended claims. Claims 37 What is claimed is: A method for balancing supply of and demand for dating desirable users in an online dating system, the method comprising: The method according to claim 1 further comprising, receiving a counter offer from one of more of said first user and second user. The method according to claim 2 further comprising, configuring a time duration for responding to said offer.
The method according to claim 2 further comprising, configuring number of time said counter offer can be made by one of more of said first user and second user. The method according to claim 1wherein the communication between said first user and second user is restricted until any one of said first user and second user accept said offer.
The method according to claim 1 further comprising, enabling users of the online dating system to block selected users from sending invitations or offers. The method according to claim 1wherein said compensation is selected from a group consisting of money, points, gifts and credits.
The method according to claim 1wherein payment of compensation is facilitated through an escrow service. The method according to claim 1further comprising collecting a payment from at least one of the users and refunding at least a part of the payment after successful completion of the date. The method according to claim 1wherein the communication is enabled after collecting a payment from at least one of the users.
The method according to claim 1wherein the offer is a date for auction. The method according to claim 1wherein at least one of the users is allowed to provide review or rating corresponding to the other user whom they have dated. The method according to claim 1wherein the offer is fixed and negotiating the offer is restricted.
The method according to claim 1wherein the offer comprises terms or conditions. The method according to claim 14wherein the terms or conditions can be negotiated. The method according to claim 1wherein the offer is to attend an event at a specified location, date and time. The method according to claim 1wherein user rejecting the offer provides a reason and the reason is displayed to the other user.