Patents Assigned to Match Group, LLC
  • Patent number: 11294979
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an interface and a processor. The interface sends and receives data over a network. The processor uses the interface to transmit a first series of profiles to a first user that includes recommended profiles for a second user. The processor uses the interface to receive a selection from the first user of a profile corresponding to a third user. The processor uses the interface to transmit a second series of profiles to the third user that includes recommended profiles for the third user. The processor uses the interface to receive a selection from the third user of a profile corresponding to the second user. In response to receiving the selection from the first user of the profile corresponding to the third user and the selection from the third user of the profile corresponding to the second user, the processor enables communication between the second and third users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: MATCH GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Rahim Sherali Makani, John Masten Mitchell, Kenneth Basil Hoskins
  • Publication number: 20220070130
    Abstract: Methods and systems for user communication in an online community and/or website are provided. User profile data may be accessed to from a memory. An analysis system compares the user profile data for the user with a time-dependent goal to determine a result. The time-dependent goal may be determined based on an analysis of a set of (successful) users. A user interface system generates a representation of the result for prompting the user to initiate a communication to a different user based on the time-dependent goal. The representation may comprise a metered representation indicating an amount of progress, by the user, toward the time-dependent goal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2021
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Applicant: Match Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Gex Barfield, JR., William Elmore, Mark Allan Cooke
  • Patent number: 11259265
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method executed by at least one processor includes receiving first historical location information identifying a first location area at which a first user was present at a first time and receiving second location information identifying a second location area at which a second user was present at a second time. The method includes determining that the first historical location information and the second location information each correspond to a particular location area and determining that a characteristic related to the first user corresponds to a preference related to the second user. In response to these determinations, the method includes causing information related to the first user to be presented to the second user. The information related to the first user includes the first location area of the first user relative to the second location area of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: MATCH GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Robinne Burrell, Anna M. Schneider, Sharmistha Dubey, Shane Henderson, Deryl Dorsett
  • Patent number: 11252690
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system includes an interface and a communicatively coupled processor. The interface is configured to receive first future location information of a first user and receive second future location information of a second user. The processor is configured to determine that the first and second future location information each correspond to a future location and determine that a characteristic related to the first user corresponds to a preference related to the second user. In response to these determinations, the processor is configured to cause information to be presented to the second user, the information to be presented to the second user comprising the future location and that the first user and the second user have the future location in common.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: MATCH GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Robinne Burrell, Anna M. Schneider, Sharmistha Dubey, Shane Henderson, Deryl Dorsett, Kyle Miller, Samantha J. Stevens, David A. Ross, Joshua D. Gafni
  • Patent number: 11151208
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an interface and a processor. The interface sends and receives data over a network. The processor uses the interface to transmit a first media file to a device of a user. The first media file presents a first choice between at least two options. The processor uses the interface to receive from the user a first selection in response to the first choice. In response to receiving the first selection, the processor transmits a second media file to the device. The second media file presents a second choice between at least two options. The processor uses the interface to receive from the user a second selection in response to the second choice. The processor identifies, based in part on the first selection and the second selection, a second user as potentially compatible with the user and transmits to the user a profile of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: MATCH GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Miller, Lawrence A. Sequino, Joshua D. Gafni
  • Publication number: 20210320954
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for facilitating a synchronous display of a time-based media object (e.g., a video or audio file) with a remote device is provided. In one example, the apparatus comprises control logic for controlling the display of a media object in response to a user entered command with a first device, and communication logic for causing communication of the user entered command (e.g., play, pause, skip, etc.) and a metric (e.g., time or frame reference) associated with the media object to a second device for synchronizing the display of the media object with the first and second devices. The first and second devices may communicate via peer-to-peer communications, for example, in a collaborative or social application such as an IM application. Further, the apparatus may include various devices such as a personal computer, mobile phone device and/or mobile personal entertainment device, DVR, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Applicant: Match Group, LLC
    Inventor: David A. Shamma
  • Publication number: 20210297466
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for facilitating a synchronous display of a time-based media object (e.g., a video or audio file) with a remote device is provided. In one example, the apparatus comprises control logic for controlling the display of a media object in response to a user entered command with a first device, and communication logic for causing communication of the user entered command (e.g., play, pause, skip, etc.) and a metric (e.g., time or frame reference) associated with the media object to a second device for synchronizing the display of the media object with the first and second devices. The first and second devices may communicate via peer-to-peer communications, for example, in a collaborative or social application such as an IM application. Further, the apparatus may include various devices such as a personal computer, mobile phone device and/or mobile personal entertainment device, DVR, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2021
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Applicant: Match Group, LLC
    Inventor: David A. Shamma
  • Patent number: 11088986
    Abstract: Methods and systems for user communication in an online community and/or website are provided. User profile data may be accessed to from a memory. An analysis system compares the user profile data for the user with a time-dependent goal to determine a result. The time-dependent goal may be determined based on an analysis of a set of (successful) users. A user interface system generates a representation of the result for prompting the user to initiate a communication to a different user based on the time-dependent goal. The representation may comprise a metered representation indicating an amount of progress, by the user, toward the time-dependent goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Match Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Gex Barfield, Jr., William Elmore, Mark Allan Cooke
  • Publication number: 20210243236
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for facilitating a synchronous display of a time-based media object (e.g., a video or audio file) with a remote device is provided. In one example, the apparatus comprises control logic for controlling the display of a media object in response to a user entered command with a first device, and communication logic for causing communication of the user entered command (e.g., play, pause, skip, etc.) and a metric (e.g., time or frame reference) associated with the media object to a second device for synchronizing the display of the media object with the first and second devices. The first and second devices may communicate via peer-to-peer communications, for example, in a collaborative or social application such as an IM application. Further, the apparatus may include various devices such as a personal computer, mobile phone device and/or mobile personal entertainment device, DVR, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Applicant: Match Group, LLC
    Inventor: David A. Shamma
  • Patent number: 10924521
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for facilitating a synchronous display of a time-based media object (e.g., a video or audio file) with a remote device is provided. In one example, the apparatus comprises control logic for controlling the display of a media object in response to a user entered command with a first device, and communication logic for causing communication of the user entered command (e.g., play, pause, skip, etc.) and a metric (e.g., time or frame reference) associated with the media object to a second device for synchronizing the display of the media object with the first and second devices. The first and second devices may communicate via peer-to-peer communications, for example, in a collaborative or social application such as an IM application. Further, the apparatus may include various devices such as a personal computer, mobile phone device and/or mobile personal entertainment device, DVR, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Match Group, LLC
    Inventor: David A. Shamma
  • Publication number: 20200175047
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for automatically determining the relevance of matches between entities. A set of one or more indicators of relevance for each of a plurality of matches may be detected, where each of the plurality of matches exists between a first entity and a different one of a plurality of entities. Each set of one or more indicators of relevance indicates a degree of two-way interest for a corresponding one of the plurality of matches, the degree of two-way interest indicating both a degree of interest of the first entity in the corresponding one of the plurality of entities and a degree of interest of the corresponding one of the plurality of entities in the first entity. A probability of relevance of each of the plurality of matches may be determined based at least in part upon a corresponding set of one or more indicators of relevance. Each of the plurality of matches may be ranked based at least in part on the corresponding probability of relevance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: Match Group, LLC
    Inventors: Fernando Diaz, Donald Metzler, Sihem Amer-Yahia
  • Publication number: 20200137019
    Abstract: Methods and systems for user communication in an online community and/or website are provided. User profile data may be accessed to from a memory. An analysis system compares the user profile data for the user with a time-dependent goal to determine a result. The time-dependent goal may be determined based on an analysis of a set of (successful) users. A user interface system generates a representation of the result for prompting the user to initiate a communication to a different user based on the time-dependent goal. The representation may comprise a metered representation indicating an amount of progress, by the user, toward the time-dependent goal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: Match Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Gex Barfield, JR., William Elmore, Mark Allan Cooke
  • Patent number: 10624054
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method executed by at least one processor includes receiving first historical location information identifying a first location area at which a first user was present at a first time and receiving second location information identifying a second location area at which a second user was present at a second time. The method includes determining that the first historical location information and the second location information each correspond to a particular location area and determining that a characteristic related to the first user corresponds to a preference related to the second user. In response to these determinations, the method includes causing information related to the first user to be presented to the second user. The information related to the first user includes the first location area of the first user relative to the second location area of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Match Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robinne Burrell, Anna M. Schneider, Sharmistha Dubey, Shane Henderson, Deryl Dorsett
  • Patent number: 10523622
    Abstract: Methods and systems for user communication in an online community and/or website are provided. User profile data may be accessed to from a memory. An analysis system compares the user profile data for the user with a time-dependent goal to determine a result. The time-dependent goal may be determined based on an analysis of a set of (successful) users. A user interface system generates a representation of the result for prompting the user to initiate a communication to a different user based on the time-dependent goal. The representation may comprise a metered representation indicating an amount of progress, by the user, toward the time-dependent goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Match Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Gex Barfield, Jr., William Elmore, Mark Allan Cooke
  • Publication number: 20190268388
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for facilitating a synchronous display of a time-based media object (e.g., a video or audio file) with a remote device is provided. In one example, the apparatus comprises control logic for controlling the display of a media object in response to a user entered command with a first device, and communication logic for causing communication of the user entered command (e.g., play, pause, skip, etc.) and a metric (e.g., time or frame reference) associated with the media object to a second device for synchronizing the display of the media object with the first and second devices. The first and second devices may communicate via peer-to-peer communications, for example, in a collaborative or social application such as an IM application. Further, the apparatus may include various devices such as a personal computer, mobile phone device and/or mobile personal entertainment device, DVR, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: Match Group, LLC
    Inventor: David A. Shamma
  • Patent number: 10380158
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for automatically determining the relevance of matches between entities. A set of one or more indicators of relevance for each of a plurality of matches may be detected, where each of the plurality of matches exists between a first entity and a different one of a plurality of entities. Each set of one or more indicators of relevance indicates a degree of two-way interest for a corresponding one of the plurality of matches, the degree of two-way interest indicating both a degree of interest of the first entity in the corresponding one of the plurality of entities and a degree of interest of the corresponding one of the plurality of entities in the first entity. A probability of relevance of each of the plurality of matches may be determined based at least in part upon a corresponding set of one or more indicators of relevance. Each of the plurality of matches may be ranked based at least in part on the corresponding probability of relevance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: MATCH GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Fernando Diaz, Donald Metzler, Sihem Amer-Yahia
  • Patent number: 10333999
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for facilitating a synchronous display of a time-based media object (e.g., a video or audio file) with a remote device is provided. In one example, the apparatus comprises control logic for controlling the display of a media object in response to a user entered command with a first device, and communication logic for causing communication of the user entered command (e.g., play, pause, skip, etc.) and a metric (e.g., time or frame reference) associated with the media object to a second device for synchronizing the display of the media object with the first and second devices. The first and second devices may communicate via peer-to-peer communications, for example, in a collaborative or social application such as an IM application. Further, the apparatus may include various devices such as a personal computer, mobile phone device and/or mobile personal entertainment device, DVR, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Match Group, LLC
    Inventor: David A. Shamma
  • Publication number: 20190179516
    Abstract: A method for profile matching includes receiving a plurality of user profiles, each user profile comprising traits of a respective user. The method includes receiving a preference indication for a first user profile of the plurality of user profiles. The method also includes determining a potential match user profile of the plurality of user profiles based on the preference indication for the first user profile. The method also includes presenting the potential match user profile to a second user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: Match Group, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Rad, Todd M. Carrico, Kenneth B. Hoskins, James C. Stone, Jonathan Badeen
  • Patent number: D852809
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Match Group, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Rad, Andrew Rudmann
  • Patent number: D854025
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Match Group, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Rad, Andrew Rudmann