Thursday, January 24, 2008

U.S. Patent Office Issues Patent on Increasing Charitable Donations

On January 22, 2008, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent to CollegeNet, Inc. for an invention by James H. Wolfston that supposedly increases charitable donation receipts.  Here is the abstract from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website:

Charitable donations are increased by automatically providing immediate on-line recognition of on-line donors. A list of donors is maintained on a Web page acknowledging the on-line contributions. Donor names on the list can be links to additional information about the donation or the donor. Information about donor and donation is entered by the donor, who can specify what information is to be published on the Web and what information is to remain unpublished. The donor list can be arranged in order of donation size, and donors can compete for position on the list. The donor information can indicate membership in a group, and donations can also be totaled by group to encourage donation competition between groups.

For more information on this invention, go to the U.S. Patent and Trademark website - Patent #7,321,876.

DAB

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/nonprofit/2008/01/us-patent-offic.html

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