Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been awarded a patent that he filed for in 2006. The patent has to do with privacy settings. Zuckerberg’s patent number 8,225,376 was applied for on July 25, 2006. Zuckerberg and former Facebook chief privacy officer Chris Kelly are credited as the inventors of the patent, which is titled “Dynamically generating a privacy summary.”
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Posts
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent that revealed Apple is improving the camera system that will allow users to reconfigure and replace the lens on the iPhone. The patent application is called “Back Panel for a Portable Electronic Device with Different Camera Lens Options.”
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Apple has filed a patent for a thinner and less rigid keyboard according to AppleInsider. The company has laid out their plans for a “single support lever keyboard mechanism.” Apple explains that “it would be beneficial to provide a keyboard for a portable computing device that is aesthetically pleasing, yet still provides the stability for each key that users demand.” Apple believes that they could make the keyboard thinner by using rigid support levers to hold key caps in place and provide stability while enabling a travel range of 0.2mm.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a series of 22 newly granted patents for Apple. One of these patents was awarded to late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. That patent was related to organizing episodic TV content on Apple TV. As the figure below points out, Apple has patented an environment where television content at a higher level interface can be broken down into corresponding episodes. Before Steve Jobs passed away, he told his biographer Walter Isaacson that he wanted to invent a television set that would be seamlessly synced with all devices and with iCloud and would have the “simplest user interface you could imagine.”
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The United States Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple today. The patent filed is for face and presence detection that can be used for helping iOS more secure. The technology would allow a user to unlock his or her device by simply looking at it. Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) has this feature already, but it does not always work. The webcam on the front of the Apple iOS devices would analyze the mouth, nose, and eyes, to determine if they are indeed the owner of the device. [Patently Apple]
The U.S. Patent and Trademark office has rejected Oracle’s patent claims against Google. On December 20th, the U.S. Patent office issued a rejection in the reexamination of Oracle’s U.S. Patent number 6,192,476. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had rejected 17 out of the 21 claims about the patent in discussion including 7 of the patent’s independent claims. Oracle filed a lawsuit against Google in 2010 over patents and copyright infringement within Java over the Android operating system.
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office opened an exhibit last week that focuses on the patents that listed Steve Jobs as an inventor. The exhibit is located in the atrium of the Patent office’s Madison Building headquarters. The free exhibit has a portrait gallery and a theater. The Steve Jobs exhibit has 30 giant iPhone display panels that displays the front pages from over 300 patent and trademark filings that has Jobs’ name on them. The exhibit will be run through January 2012. [MacRumors]
Facebook is suing a number of entities in a trademark infringement case that addresses owners of sites that are typos of Facebook’s domain. As Bill Hartzer and Elliot’s Blog report, Facebook is suing “typosquatters” like Cyber2Media, FB Promotions/Freebie Promos, YourTick and more (25 named defendants in total) who have registered typos of Facebook’s domain. The social network filed the suit with a request to get the entities to either be relieved of their rights to the typo domains or to transfer those domains into Facebook’s property, as well as compensation for damages.