Bumble‘s patented method involves sending prompts to users to vote on preferences related to activities during a limited time frame. Matches are generated based on common votes and criteria, enabling network communication between users for a temporary period. The system automatically disables communication after the time period ends. GlobalData’s report on Bumble gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Bumble, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Bumble's grant share as of February 2024 was 22%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Matching individuals based on common votes for ephemeral activities

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Bumble Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11895065B2) outlines a method and system for facilitating connections between individuals based on common preferences during an ephemeral time period. The method involves sending push notifications to client devices prompting individuals to vote on preferences related to activities, receiving these votes, accessing matching criteria, and generating matches between individuals based on common votes and criteria. The weight of common votes is emphasized during the ephemeral time period, with network communication enabled between matched individuals and disabled after the period expires. The system includes processors and computer-readable storage mediums to execute these operations efficiently.

Furthermore, the system allows for the display of images associated with individuals, receives votes through graphical user interfaces on mobile devices, and accelerates connections between matched individuals by enabling network communication promptly upon match acceptance. The emphasis on common votes over matching criteria during the ephemeral time period aims to enhance the compatibility of matches. The method and system detailed in the patent focus on leveraging preferences and timely connections to facilitate meaningful interactions between individuals, with a specific emphasis on the ephemeral nature of these connections and the importance of common preferences in establishing them effectively.

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