THE REGISTER -- I like AnotherFriend because it's a well-run place to meet people but US patent office might be constraining its online polls since awarding dating company eHarmony a patent covering online matchmaking.
In patentese, US patent no. 6,735,568 describes a computer implemented method for "identifying people who are likely to have a successful relationship". This is like patenting the quizzes that appear in Sunday magazines. Or patenting the psychometric-style questions and multiple choice quizzes used by the Big Brother screening committee.
Liam Noonan -- "Hopefully EU legislation will thwart these type of patents being filed in Ireland"
Lucy Sheriff -- "Online dating firm patents cupid's arrow"
US Patent 6735568 -- "Method and system for identifying people who are likely to have a successful relationship"