Question: I want to patent a new online social network, is this possible?
Question Detail: 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?
Answer: 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.