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Patenting Relationships

eHarmony has been granted US patent number 6,735,568, "Method and system for identifying people who are likely to have a successful relationship":

The functions and operations of a matching service are disclosed. This includes approximating the satisfaction that a user of the matching service has in the relationships that the user forms with others and identifying candidates for a relationship with the user based on the approximated satisfaction. This also includes approximating the satisfaction that the user will have in a relationship with a particular candidate. The matching service also identifies two parties for a relationship. The matching service makes available a plurality of communication levels at which the parties can communicate. Each communication level allows the parties to exchange information in a different format. The parties are permitted to exchange information at one of the communication levels.
Not that I'm an intellectual property attorney, but I think they just patented the concept of taking tests to determine compatbility. Oh, my, is Cosmo in trouble.


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