Patents by Inventor J. Clinton Paul Fowler

J. Clinton Paul Fowler has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9724612
    Abstract: An integrated user profile is provided to PC/console gamers who also participate in other online gaming community activities such as web sites that provide online gamer forums. Provided to the users is the ability to view, access, and/or contribute to their console gamer profile using the other online gaming community activities such as participation in web sites. Also, an identity and profile first created on the web site is that which will be used and stored in game play using the PC/console and online live gaming service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Haifeng Zhou, Harris D. Thurmond, Walter Reed Rector
  • Patent number: 9159036
    Abstract: A gamercard associated with an integrated gamer profile to identify a gamer is provided to the gamer and other PC/console users who also participate in other online gaming community activities such as game-related web sites. The gamercard is also provided to the user in a modular fashion formatted in a way suitable for the user to display it directly within other applications of the user (such as their personal web sites and mobile device applications for display on their cell phone) without the user having to update the information within the other applications when the information changes in the central database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Dax H. Hawkins, John M. Gehlsen, Michal Bortnik, Steven D. Lamb, Walter Reed Rector
  • Patent number: 9011252
    Abstract: A user profile for an online gaming service is created. The user profile contains user gaming information received from a first location. The user profile is stored in a database, and the user is permitted to access the user profile from a second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Claire Jennings, J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Kurtis Kam-Wing Chinn, Michal Bortnik, Steven D. Lamb, Walter Reed Rector
  • Patent number: 8986124
    Abstract: A user profile for an online gaming service is created. The user profile contains user gaming information received from a first location. The user profile is stored in a database, and the user is permitted to access the user profile from a second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Claire Jennings, J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Kurtis Kam-Wing Chinn, Michal Bortnik, Steven D. Lamb, Walter Reed Rector
  • Publication number: 20140100043
    Abstract: A user profile for an online gaming service is created. The user profile contains user gaming information received from a first location. The user profile is stored in a database, and the user is permitted to access the user profile from a second location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Claire Jennings, J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Kurtis Kam-Wing Chinn, Michal Bortnik, Steven D. Lamb, Walter Reed Rector
  • Publication number: 20140057710
    Abstract: A user profile for an online gaming service is created. The user profile contains user gaming information received from a first location. The user profile is stored in a database, and the user is permitted to access the user profile from a second location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Claire Jennings, J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Kurtis Kam-Wing Chinn, Michal Bortnik, Steven D. Lamb, Walter Reed Rector
  • Patent number: 8626771
    Abstract: A method of creating a reputation for a container that contains data is disclosed. A user reviews a container that is stored on a network and the user posts an opinion rating of the container. The opinion rating is stored along with an user identification. The opinion rating and the user identification are added to a database and the data in the database is used to calculate a reputation for the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: J Clinton Paul Fowler, Julio Estrada
  • Patent number: 8602897
    Abstract: A user profile for an online gaming service is created. The user profile contains user gaming information received from a first location. The user profile is stored in a database, and the user is permitted to access the user profile from a second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Claire Jennings, J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Kurtis Kam-Wing Chinn, Michal Bortnik, Steven D. Lamb, Walter Reed Rector
  • Patent number: 8585507
    Abstract: A user profile for an online gaming service is created. The user profile contains user gaming information received from a first location. The user profile is stored in a database, and the user is permitted to access the user profile from a second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Claire Jennings, J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Kurtis Kam-Wing Chinn, Michal Bortnik, Steven D. Lamb, Walter Reed Rector
  • Patent number: 8535165
    Abstract: A service that provides for setting up game sessions for a plurality of game players. A number of game players that each have a computing device capable of playing a computer game are linked together by the service. The service allows a player to set up a common game session so that a subset of the players can simultaneously start playing the game at the same level. Additionally, the service allows game competitions to be structured and played among a subset of the game players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. O'Kelley, J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Johan Peter Hansen, William B. Fulton, Jerry Alan Johnson
  • Publication number: 20120283023
    Abstract: A service that provides for setting up game sessions for a plurality of game players. A number of game players that each have a computing device capable of playing a computer game are linked together by the service. The service allows a player to set up a common game session so that a subset of the players can simultaneously start playing the game at the same level. Additionally, the service allows game competitions to be structured and played among a subset of the game players.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. O'Kelley, II, J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Johan Peter Hansen, William B. Fulton, Jerry Alan Johnson
  • Patent number: 8241129
    Abstract: A service that provides for setting up game sessions for a plurality of game players. A number of game players that each have a computing device capable of playing a computer game are linked together by the service. The service allows a player to set up a common game session so that a subset of the players can simultaneously start playing the game at the same level. Additionally, the service allows game competitions to be structured and played among a subset of the game players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. O'Kelley, II, J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Johan Peter Hansen, William B. Fulton, Jerry Alan Johnson
  • Publication number: 20120116552
    Abstract: A user profile for an online gaming service is created. The user profile contains user gaming information received from a first location. The user profile is stored in a database, and the user is permitted to access the user profile from a second location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Claire Jennings, J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Kurtis Kam-Wing Chinn, Michal Bortnik, Steven D. Lamb, Walter Reed Rector
  • Publication number: 20120116553
    Abstract: A user profile for an online gaming service is created. The user profile contains user gaming information received from a first location. The user profile is stored in a database, and the user is permitted to access the user profile from a second location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Claire Jennings, J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Kurtis Kam-Wing Chinn, Michal Bortnik, Steven D. Lamb, Walter Reed Rector
  • Patent number: 8118678
    Abstract: A user profile for an online gaming service is created. The user profile contains user gaming information received from a first location. The user profile is stored in a database, and the user is permitted to access the user profile from a second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Claire Jennings, J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Kurtis Kam-Wing Chinn, Michal Bortnik, Steven D. Lamb, Walter Reed Rector
  • Patent number: 8079911
    Abstract: A gamercard associated with an integrated gamer profile to identify a gamer is provided to the gamer and other PC/console users who also participate in other online gaming community activities such as game-related web sites. The gamercard is also provided to the user from the central database through a gamercard server by a user providing a single URL from any device connected to the web. The URL is uniform for each gamer's gamercard, except for the part of the URL that includes the name associated with the particular gamer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Walter Reed Rector
  • Patent number: 7873578
    Abstract: An on-line service manages downloads of purchased digital content. Information regarding the digital content items that are purchased by each user and the terms of use of those purchased items is maintained. Information regarding the formats of digital content items that each device is adapted to receive is maintained. Upon determining that a user wishes to download a digital content item, the requested digital content is downloaded in an appropriate format for a particular digital device provided the recorded information indicates the content item has been purchased by the user and the download is within the quantity of downloads authorized by the terms of the purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jerry Alan Johnson, J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Jerry P. Hook, Shyam Krishnamoorthy
  • Publication number: 20090006434
    Abstract: A method of creating a reputation for a container that contains data is disclosed. A user reviews a container that is stored on a network and the user posts an opinion rating of the container. The opinion rating is stored along with an user identification. The opinion rating and the user identification are added to a database and the data in the database is used to calculate a reputation for the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Julio Estrada
  • Publication number: 20090006470
    Abstract: A method of creating a container of data entails selecting data to be included in the container, displaying a graphical representation of the container and displaying additional detail of the container depending upon the device on which the container is displayed and synchronizing the data in the container with a master container when possible. As part of the graphical representation of the container, graphical representations related to the media related data may be displayed and the graphical representation may be of a card that might fit in a wallet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: J. Allard, J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Julio Estrada
  • Publication number: 20080243694
    Abstract: An on-line service manages downloads of purchased digital content. Information regarding the digital content items that are purchased by each user and the terms of use of those purchased items is maintained. Information regarding the formats of digital content items that each device is adapted to receive is maintained. Upon determining that a user wishes to download a digital content item, the requested digital content is downloaded in an appropriate format for a particular digital device provided the recorded information indicates the content item has been purchased by the user and the download is within the quantity of downloads authorized by the terms of the purchase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jerry Alan Johnson, J. Clinton Paul Fowler, Jerry P. Hook, Shyam Krishnamoorthy