This is when I get to share with them the good news. To begin with, there are more women than men in society.It’s about a 60/40 split, and the women live longer than the men.The JDate patent describes individuals listed on a computer who are mutually notified of romantic interest only if and when that interest is mutual.Daniel Nazer, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, explained that this narrow focus on romantic interest is emblematic of that era of patent awards.The trademark goes hand in hand with the patent challenge, both of which are part of JDate’s lawsuit against its new rival.
It still takes a boatload of legal fees to revoke a patent in the courts, the kind of money startups faced with a patent suit don’t have.
While unwilling to reveal the terms of the deal, he said that the settlement with Ok Cupid covered all properties owned by IAC.
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.
JDate reports it has 650,000 “active JDate members” on its website, though its 2014 annual report shows 77,290 paying customers, down from 84,149 at the end of the prior year. “When you do own a patent, if you don’t defend it, it actually, over time, becomes null and void,”—Spark Networks CEO.
JSwipe Founder David Yarus says his service has 385,000 members. US Patent #US5950200A, “Method and apparatus for detection of reciprocal interests or feelings and subsequent notification.” A patent was granted in 1999.