Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Wins Patent He Applied For 6 Years Ago

Posted Jul 24, 2012

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.”

The abstract says:

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 selections.

The patent essentially covers a way that an account holder’s profile is displayed based on their privacy settings of a social network.  This was originally rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office due to “obvious” claims in the patent.  After Facebook went public, the company redoubled their effects to push the patent through and requested numerous interviews and reinvestigations.