Question on patents and copycats


I have a question regarding patents:

  • Why is no one allowed to do the same, like for example the concept of groupon? (there are many competitors like gonabiit or tippr )
There are many social dating websites.
  • Can there be a datingsite patent?
  • If yes, everybody is doing it, what would be the outcome?


asked Jun 25 '11 at 11:09
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  • The button on the top right says "Ask Question", singular. You should be asking one question per post. The rest of the issues with this post appear to be translation problems that could be reworded, assuming they aren't duplicate questions. – B Mitch 13 years ago
  • I really cannot believe somebody has a patent on dating. I mean, I am married - do I need to pay fees or do people believe me when I say I have not dated her before our marriage? – Christian 13 years ago
  • I think the question asked here is clear enough, i will still, reformat it. – Herr K 13 years ago

1 Answer


You cannot patent an idea, only an implementation of the idea.

Patents are defined as a set of rights given by a state (a government or group of governments) to an inventor who comes up with some new and useful process (search algorithm), device (mouse trap), or composition of materials (drug)

those rights given vary by state but they all at the lowest level provide you with acknowledgement of being the creator of the process or device and the right to control who can create and use the process or device for the life of the patent.

Basically what this means is that NO you cannot patent a "dating website", but you can patent your client matching process that you created for a dating website.

answered Jun 27 '11 at 23:07
Alan Barber
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