Friday, July 07, 2006

Friendster wins social networking patent

Check out this story from Red Herring. Friendster, the ailing granddaddy of social networks, has won a patent for online social networking.

LibraryThing's not in trouble. The patent is about social networking, particularly systems that limit you according to degrees of social separation, not shared book tastes. Still, it's a pretty obnoxious award. What's next, patenting one-click shopping? Oh. Never mind.

2 Comments:

Blogger Anthony said...

Does anyone with any patent law knowlege know if the old sixdegrees.com site establishes prior art?

7/09/2006 11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TFA explains that this patent cites the sixdegrees one as prior art, which means that it was brought to the examiner's attention and he or she decided this was an patentable advance.

7/12/2006 4:46 PM  

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