The patent, “Dynamically Generating a Privacy Summary,” is described in its abstract, as reported by ReadWriteWeb, as:
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.
According to ReadWriteWeb, while the patent on its own would not particularly help Zuckerberg or Facebook in the event of a dispute, the company began pushing to secure its approval immediately after announcing that it would go public Feb. 1, initiating a meeting with the USPTO Feb. 14.
Intellectual-property expert and Santa Clara University Law Professor Colleen Chien told ReadWriteWeb Facebook likely feels like it must secure every patent it can get following its recently settled dispute with Yahoo, adding of the social network’s efforts in February:
So as long as you stick it out, you can get something issued.
Readers: Are you surprised that Zuckerberg and Facebook put so much effort into securing this patent?