I want to patent a new online social network, is this possible?

Asked on Feb 26th, 2012 on Patents - California
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I'm interested in starting a online social network with a different concept, and I was wondering if I could patent my idea before there is a possible chance of it being duplicated? If so how do I go about with the process?
Answered on Feb 27th, 2012 at 3:27 PM
It is possible to patent a new social network, assuming the new network is new, useful and non-obvious. It is important to seek out a patent attorney with experience in patenting online systems, to avoid ending up with a patent that competitors find easy to design around.

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Answered on Feb 27th, 2012 at 3:15 PM
Yes, it's possible if the idea is novel and non-obvious in view of prior social networks. You might want to search the US patent office database to first see what other social networks have been patented or are in the process of being patented.

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