Mark Zuckerberg Wins Approval For His First-Ever Patent Application – From 6 Years Ago

first_imgRelated Posts The patent is broad. The USPTO issued it only after curbing claims 1, 8 and 16, which USPTO patent examiners originally rejected because of obviousness. In the last few months, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took his company public, got married and scored a nearly $6 million home loan at just over 1%. What could possibly top all that? How about approval of his very first patent request from way back in 2006 – covering privacy issues no less?Turns out the US Patent Trademark and Office (USPTO), though it originally rejected it, just granted Zuckerberg a patent that can only be described as the ultimate geek vanity trophy.A solitary patent repeatedly originally attacked by examiners for its obviousness, this one little patent certainly won’t help Facebook defend itself in patent spats like the it was recently engaged in with Yahoo. In today’s tech patent wars, you typically need entire portfolios of offensive and defensive patents to make a difference. But at least one IP expert said Facebook needs all the patents it can get. The company is likely feeling vulnerable after the Yahoo situation.This new patent is mostly a fancy accessory for Zuckerberg: It’s US patent 8,225,376, the first patent application he ever filed. Zuckerberg filed the application back in July 2006, the year he turned 22. He’s apparently earned at least half a dozen other patents since then, but now he’s finally seen his first application approved.The patent, called “Dynamically Generating a Privacy Summary,” is described in its abstract as:… a system and method for dynamically generating a privacy summary is provided. The present invention provides a system and method for dynamically generating a privacy summary. A profile for a user is generated. One or more privacy setting selections are received from the user associated with the profile. The profile associated with the user is updated to incorporate the one or more privacy setting selections. A privacy summary is then generated for the profile based on the one or more privacy setting selectionsBasically, the patent – narrowed from its originally overtly “obvious” claims as recorded by patent examiners – covers a method of displaying a social network user’s profile per his or her privacy settings, display them on screen and show what their profile looks like on-screen to various other users or groups of users. gina smith The Zuckerberg patent is separate and distinct from the enormous patent portfolio Facebook is now in the process of assembling, in part to defend itself from patent infringement lawsuits like the one it just settled with Yahoo.Shortly before it got involved in the Yahoo patent fracas, Facebook began buying hundreds of “just in time” defensive patents. Those efforts include purchasing hundreds of patents from AOL via Microsoft – for which it paid an estimated $1 million per patent. The USPTO patent assignee database reveals that than 500 patents (512) came to Facebook direct from AOL with the last week.Of course this one vanity patent won’t provide the firepower of the huge portfolio of outside-invented patents Facebook is buying now. It’s really little more than a trophy – and it’s a touch ironic that it covers privacy issues, an ongoing source of controversy for Zuckerberg and Facebook. But it’s worth noting how much effort Facebook spent on acquiring what is essentially a vanity project.Facebook did not immediately return requests for comment over the weekend.  According to public records, the Patent Office rejected the original, July 2006-era, Zuckerberg patent application. That didn’t stop Facebook – at least not forever. The company redoubled its efforts to get the patent through just days after it announced on February 1, 2012, that it planned to go public. The company requested and received numerous interviews with patent examiners regarding what it could do to get this patent through. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Facebook initiated an interview to re-initiate investigation of the rejected patent application on Valentine’s Day 2012, shortly after it announced its upcoming IPO. Records from the USPTO show Facebook’s enthusiastic and persistent attempts to adjust and get that first Zuckerberg patent issued. And the effort finally paid off. According to IP experts, it’s not uncommon to persist in getting a patent. If you stick it out you can get something issued. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#start last_img read more

Columbia man gets federal prison sentence for illegal possession of a gun

first_imgA Columbia man who pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm is heading to federal prison for nearly five years.Justin Ewing got four years and eight months of time at a hearing Monday.  The charge comes from a December 2017 incident, when Ewing and Jeremy Gerlach of Harrisburg crashed a car into an electric pole while trying to run from the cops.Police found a stolen handgun in the car, as well as meth residue, scales, and pipes.Gerlach already pleaded guilty and was given nearly the same sentence in April.last_img read more

‘Lukaku could challenge Rooney’s goal record’

first_imgManchester United Lukaku could challenge Rooney’s Man Utd record, says Hughes Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 16:11 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) romelu lukaku - cropped Getty Images Manchester United Romelu Lukaku Stoke City v Manchester United Stoke City Premier League The former Red Devils striker considers the Belgium international to be “the real deal” and a man capable of becoming a legend at Old Trafford Mark Hughes has tipped Romelu Lukaku to get close to Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United goalscoring record.The Belgium international has enjoyed a strong start to his United career following his £75 million move from Everton, scoring three times in as many Premier League appearances.Man Utd 10/1 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Rooney, who returned to Goodison Park in July, scored 253 goals during a glittering 13-year career at Old Trafford, a tally that surpassed the long-standing record of 249 held by Bobby Charlton.But Hughes believes that figure could be under threat if Lukaku stays fully fit and firing for Jose Mourinho’s side.”Logically, you’d say he’ll go close if he gets a good run and steers clear of major injuries,” said the Stoke City boss, who was twice a Premier League winner with United.”If he wasn’t fully established and had done well for one season, moved for big money then ended up on a stage like United, that would be difficult. But given his standing and career path now, in terms of every year being upwards of 20 to 25 goals, he’s less of a risk.”That’s why they spent that money on him – because he’s the real deal. Fees have escalated towards the end of the window, and Jose has mentioned himself that he’s probably a bargain, if that’s possible!”They would see it as an opportunity to bring someone in who can lead the line for the next five to 10 years.”On that basis, if you spread the fee over the length of the contract – or the time he’s likely to be there – then it starts to look a fantastic deal for the club.”United, who have won their opening three Premier League matches this season, travel to Stoke on Saturday.last_img read more