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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Assigning Achievement Designations in a Network", for Approval

July 16, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Electronics Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventor Buyukkokten, Orkut (Mountain View, CA), filed on December 26, 2012, was made available online on July 3, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present disclosure relates to awarding users with achievement designations within a network when they earn achievements based on their profiles and social actions or activity, for example, by determining a context corresponding to user profiles, social actions, or activity.

"In recent years, video games have become increasingly popular, and have introduced video game trophies, for example, awards, achievements, etc., that gamers can typically attain upon accomplishing certain pre-defined goals relating to the games. These types of awards or achievements are awarded when gamers accomplish their goals. As one example, a particular user's goal may be to play a particular game a predetermined number of times. As another example, a particular user's game may be to achieve a certain level of skill in a given amount of time. In some instances, users may attain arbitrary challenges that are independent to the goals. In all instances, video game trophies give gamers a sense of accomplishment and may bestow benefits on them, for example, additional game-play features or game content or perhaps may display user accomplishments on a public profile. Awarding achievements can provide a large number of benefits to the game experience including, motivating game activity, reinforcing desired behavior, facilitating activity, and building a reputation.

"In a similar vein, networks (e.g., social) have become popular in recent years. Many people interact via networks on a daily basis to maintain social relationships. Yet there is no system for awarding users in any way."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "According to one innovative aspect of the subject matter described in this disclosure, the systems disclosed include a processor and memory including instructions that, when executed, cause the system to determine a context corresponding to a user profile and activity within a network of users who are connected to other users in the network by establishing connections; apply predefined criteria based on the context to evaluate the user profile and activity of particular users to determine when they satisfy requirements for a plurality of different categories created to classify users based on user profile and activity; assign achievement designations to particular users based on their user profile and activity within the network, wherein the plurality of achievement designations are automatically granted when users satisfy the predefined criteria for the different categories; notify users of the achievement designations assigned to them; and provide the achievement designations assigned to users on a user interface for display.

"In general, another innovative aspect of the subject matter described in this disclosure may be embodied in methods using at least one computing device that include: determining a context corresponding to a user profile and activity within a network of users who are connected to other users in the network by establishing connections; applying predefined criteria based on the context to evaluate the user profile and activity of particular users to determine when they satisfy requirements for a plurality of different categories created to classify users based on user profile and activity; assigning achievement designations to particular users based on their user profile and activity within the network, wherein the plurality of achievement designations are automatically granted when users satisfy the predefined criteria for the different categories; notifying users of the achievement designations assigned to them; and providing the achievement designations assigned to users on a user interface for display.

"Other implementations of one or more of these aspects include corresponding systems, apparatus, and computer programs, configured to perform the action of the methods, encoded on computer storage devices.

"These and other implementations may each optionally include one or more of the following features or operations. For instance, the features include that the achievement designation may relate to a promotion, that the achievement designation may relate to a gender of the particular user, that the achievement designation is configured to unlock at least one additional achievement designation, that the achievement designation is configured to unlock particular content within a network, that the achievement designation is awarded through a purchase, that the achievement designation is awarded through a nomination process, that the achievement designation is awarded through a third party application, that the achievement designation is configured to award benefits to the user including participation in a particular activity, and that the achievement designation awards benefits to the user including display of the achievement designation via a public profile. For instance, the operations further include that the achievement designation relates to a promotion; that the achievement designation relates to a gender of the user; that the achievement designation unlocks at least one additional achievement designation; that the achievement designation is unlocks particular content within the network; that the achievement designation is awarded via a purchase; that the achievement designation is awarded via a nomination process; that the achievement designation is awarded via a third party application; that the achievement designation awards benefits to the user, wherein at least one of the benefits includes participation in a particular activity; that the achievement designation awards benefits to the user, wherein at least one of the benefits includes display of the achievement designation via a public profile.

"The systems and methods disclosed below are advantageous in a number of respects. With the ongoing trends and growth in social network communication, it may be beneficial to create network achievements for users that are automatically generated and granted based on their profiles and social activity. The systems and methods by automatically granting achievements provide ways to further facilitate and motivate activity by users within a network that is fun, engaging, and earns social appreciation by others. Moreover, by utilizing this technology, the systems and methods reinforce desired behavior within the network and build reputations for the users based on their profiles and activities, thereby adding to the experience of the network.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"The present disclosure is illustrated by way of example, and not by way of limitation, in the figures of the accompanying drawings, in which like reference numerals are used to refer to similar elements.

"FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating an example system for awarding achievements within a network including an achievement designation application, which determines a context corresponding to user profiles, social actions, or activity.

"FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating example hardware components in some implementations of the system shown in FIG. 1.

"FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating an example achievement designation application and its software components.

"FIG. 4A is a flowchart of an example method for awarding an achievement designation to a particular user based on the particular user's activities/information, by determining a context corresponding to a user's content or interactions.

"FIG. 4B is a flowchart of an example method for awarding an achievement designation to a particular user based on other users' activities/information.

"FIG. 5 is a flowchart of an example method for promoting a user's achievement designation.

"FIG. 6 is a graphic representation of a list of example achievement categories and achievement designations.

"FIG. 7 is a graphic representation of example achievement designations.

"FIG. 8 is a graphic representation of an example user interface for displaying graphical representations of achievement designations.

"FIG. 9 is a graphic representation of an example user interface for promoting an achievement.

"FIG. 10 is a graphic representation of an example user interface for awarding a gender based achievement.

"FIG. 11 is a graphic representation of an example user interface for awarding an achievement based on multiple achievements.

"FIGS. 12A and 12B are graphic representations of example user interface displays of achievement designations based on predefined criteria.

"FIG. 13 is a graphic representation of example user interface displays of achievement designation notifications."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Buyukkokten, Orkut. Assigning Achievement Designations in a Network. Filed December 26, 2012 and posted July 3, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1257&p=26&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140626.PD.&OS=PD/20140626&RS=PD/20140626

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Video Game, Electronics.

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