Monster Sued By Staffing Software Provider

jobdiva logoJobDiva, software provider to the staffing industry, has filed a federal suit against Monster Worldwide, claiming the technology behind the company’s popular 6Sense search and matching engine infringes on patents it holds.

The complaint alleges “Monster has infringed JobDiva’s patents by incorporating Monster logoJobDiva’s patented resume search technology into Monster’s products and services.” It goes on to say that Monster did this “despite being informed that JobDiva held patents covering the technology.”

Monster had no immediate comment on the suit, which was just filed Monday.

A copy of the suit is here.

Details of the alleged infringement are skimpy. The complaint itself cites four  patents, one dating to 2003, each of which involves an automated means of parsing resumes and matching candidates. The earliest patent, obtained by JobDiva founder and CEO Diya Obeid, relates to extracting experience levels for various skills based on context.

The other patents, also obtained by Obeid, involve how the extracted data is stored, retrieved and matched with job descriptions and recruiter search terms.

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Contextual search lies at the heart of Monster’s 6Sense search technology. Monster acquired the components of this semantic search when it bought Trovix in 2008. In 2009, it unveiled Power Resume Search, which is powered by 6Sense. It allows searchers to more quickly narrow potentially hundreds of candidates to just a relevant few without having to construct complex Boolean strings. The strength of 6Sense lies in its ability to intuit experience levels and skills from job titles and similar parts of a resume or a job description.

Monster introduced its first products based on 6Sense in 2009, and has since added its cloud-based candidate search, SeeMore, and one or two other products to the roster.

JobDiva’s attorney, Dale Cendali, with Kirkland & Ellis in New York, declined to discuss the specifics of the suit or how JobDiva believes Monster is specifically infringing on its patents. She would only say that the patents involve “a specific way of doing resume search that is infringed.” Nor did she want to discuss why it took JobDiva four years after Monster’s introduction of 6Sense to bring an action.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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