six degrees patent


six degrees patent
n.
The informal name sometimes applied to a patent for a network database and system used in some social networking sites.
Example Citations:
Abrams wasn't concerned that Pincus and Hoffman would overtake Friendster when they struck out on their own. But that feeling was put to the test this fall, after a small company claimed ownership of a patent for software connecting people through personal associates and put it up for auction.
The patent is known as the "Six Degrees" patent, after the famous theory that everyone on earth is connected by no more than six intermediaries.
— Joseph Menn, "The Personal Links of Three Social-Networking Sites," Los Angeles Times, December 29, 2003
Now come Tribe and LinkedIn, sites started last summer, whose owners paid $700,000 in September to YouthStream Media Networks for United States patent No.6,175,831, also known as the "six degrees patent," which they consider the seminal social networking patent. It covers an online software platform that allows users to build relationship networks. Andrew Katz, a lawyer with Fox Rothschild who specializes in Internet intellectual property deals, said, "This is probably the pioneer patent out there." Mr. Katz, who said he had no financial interest in either Tribe or LinkedIn, added, "It should be taken very seriously by everybody in the industry because it is in the hands of people who have the means and the business acumen to enforce it properly."
— Teresa Riordan, "Idea for Online Networking Brings Two Entrepreneurs Together," The New York Times, December 1, 2003
Earliest Citation:
YouthStream Media Networks, Inc., a Delaware corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: YSTM) (the "Company"), announced that effective September 23, 2003 it had sold its interest in U.S. Patent No. 6,175,831 entitled "Method and apparatus for constructing a network database and system", also known as the "Six Degrees Patent", and certain related intellectual property rights, including computer source and object code files, software assets and other digital assets, documentation and rights, to an unrelated party for a cash payment of $700,000.
— "YouthStream Media Networks, Inc. Announces Sale of Patent and Related Rights," PR Newswire, September 29, 2003
Related Words: Categories:

New words. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • patent cliff — n. A sharp drop in revenue that a company experiences when a lucrative patent expires. Example Citations: Lilly is already facing the biggest patent cliff in the industry. Five of its six leading products face generic competition in the next four …   New words

  • patent troll — (PAT.unt trohl) n. A company that purchases a patent, often from a bankrupt firm, and then sues another company by claiming that one of its products infringes on the purchased patent.. adj. patent trolling pp. Example Citations: These patent… …   New words

  • Six's thermometer — A maximum minimum thermometer. The scales are Fahrenheit on the inside of the U and Celsius on the outside. The current temperature is 23 degrees Celsius, the maximum recorded is 25, and the minimum is 15, both read from the base of the small… …   Wikipedia

  • Crower six stroke — The Crower six stroke engine is a concept under development by Bruce Crower. Two extra strokes are added to the customary internal combustion engine four stroke Otto cycle, which makes a six stroke engine. A third down stroke is a steam stroke… …   Wikipedia

  • double patenting — (DUB.ul pat.un.ting) n. Illegally claiming a new patent on an obvious or trivial extension of an existing patent. double patent n. The new patent so claimed. double patent v. To claim such a patent. Example Citation: Barr and the other defendants …   New words

  • social networking — n. Using a Web site to connect with people who share similar personal or professional interests, particularly where the people in the site s database are connected to each other as friends, friends of friends, and so on. social networking adj.… …   New words

  • business-model patenting — pp. Patenting a method of doing business. Example Citation: The patentable assets of the e commerce business may also include the business model of the e commerce enterprise that is, the systems and methods constituting the unique operational… …   New words

  • Business (General) — Business General adminisphere aerotropolis bads BAM boomsayer booth bunny borrow brains Buns of Steel …   New words

  • Хоффман, Рид — Рид Хоффман Reid Hoffman …   Википедия

  • Red social — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Una red social es una estructura social que se puede representar en forma de uno o varios grafos en los cuales los nodos representan individuos (a veces denominados actores) y las aristas relaciones entre ellos.… …   Wikipedia Español