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NetSoc LLC v. Match Group, LLC

United States District Court, N.D. Texas, Dallas Division

July 23, 2019

NETSOC, LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
MATCH GROUP, LLC, et al., Defendants.

          MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

          David C. Godbey United States District Judge

         This Order addresses Defendants, Match Group, LLC, Plentyoffish Media ULC, and Humor Rainbow Inc.'s motions to dismiss [32] [33] [34]. Because the Court holds that Plaintiff NetSoc, LLC's (“NetSoc”) patent claims are directed to only ineligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101, the Court grants Defendants' motion.

         I. Origins of the Dispute

         This dispute concerns the technology driving several online dating platforms. NetSoc is a Texas company holding U.S. Patent No. 9, 978, 107 (“the '107 patent”) entitled “Method and System for Establishing and Using a Social Network to Facilitate People in Life Issues.” The '107 patent claims:

a method for establishing a social network, the method being implemented on a network computer system and comprising:
• maintaining a list comprising a plurality of participants,
• wherein each participant in the plurality of participants corresponds to one or more individuals,
• wherein the list also includes information associated with at least one of each participant or the one or more individuals that correspond to each participant;
• presenting a user with an interface from which the user makes a selection of a category from a plurality of categories;
• in response to receiving the selection of the category by the user, displaying, for the user, some of the information associated with each of multiple participants from the plurality of participants which match the selection of the category by the user, while shielding contact information associated with each of the multiple participants;
• wherein displaying some of the information associated with each of the multiple participants is based at least in part on a rating of individual participants in the plurality of participants;
• enabling the user to send an inquiry message to one or more of the multiple participants, while shielding the contact information from the user, the contact information including any messaging identifier that is associated with each of the one or more participants;
• tracking a response time of each of the one or more participants who received the message from the user; and
• updating the rating associated with each of the one or more participants based at least in part on the ...

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