Us patent dating
A patent date is when something was patented, not when it was actually made, many items were manufactured for many years after it the patent was granted.The number for each year is the first design patent issued that year. Design patents refer to any new ornamental design for an item.We recently wrote about JSwipe’s Indiegogo campaign to raise money for its legal defense and the trademark issue around Jewish matchmaking online (in short—though one party disputes this point—the ‘J’).The trademark goes hand in hand with the patent challenge, both of which are part of JDate’s lawsuit against its new rival.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.The JDate patent describes individuals listed on a computer who are mutually notified of romantic interest only if and when that interest is mutual.The first user and the second user are allowed to communicate only after any one of the users accepts an offer.
Unfortunately for those interested in historical research, pre-1976 patents are only searchable by patent number or classification.
The design patent protects only the appearance of an article, but not its structural or functional features.
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.
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.
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.