The first patent filed 6 years ago by Mark Zuckerberg was approved
The first patent filed by Mark Zuckerberg in 2006, when he was 22, was approved by the Office of Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The delay is because in the first instance the body had rejected the application, criticized for obvious, as is usual in Patents in such areas, however after review was granted the same.
It is described as “a system and method for dynamically generate a summary of privacy. The present invention provides a system and method for dynamically generate a summary of privacy. A user profile is generated. One or more privacy settings are received from the user associated with the profile. The profile associated with the user is updated to incorporate one or more privacy settings. A summary of privacy is then generated for the profile based on one or more configuration choices of privacy. “
All this means that the system displays the profile of a user according to the privacy settings chosen by him. This is built into Facebook, allowing different groups of friends or people specifically see a different number of profile content as determined by the individual.
This is not the only patent that is Zuckerberg – apparently has about 6 more – but it is the first to qualify. The patents to his name are not in the same package that you have Facebook in general, a portfolio that has tried to bulk up to fend off potential lawsuits from other Internet companies.
Link: Mark Zuckerberg for Approval wins first-ever historical patent application (The Next Web)Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Patents, Privacy