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Zuckerberg Gets Privacy Patent Approved

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

July 24, 2012

The Washington Post reports Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s 2006 patent application governing certain privacy settings has been approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. “The patent is for ‘a system and method for dynamically generating a privacy summary,’” the report states, and cites Zuckerberg and former Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Chris Kelly as its inventors. “In terms of the ongoing Silicon Valley patent wars, particularly one recently resolved between Facebook and Yahoo, this will have little, if any, effect, on Facebook’s overall status in the high-stakes patent battlefield,” the report states. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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