Patents by Inventor Mary Kay Hoal

Mary Kay Hoal 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).

  • Publication number: 20080281622
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of managing an online social network for peer interactions, the method comprising: a) creating at least one sphere for users to associate over a common interest; b) identifying patterns associated with activity indicative of the common interest; c) monitoring the online actions of at least one user of the social network; d) evaluating the online actions taken by the at least one user; and e) comparing the online actions to the identified patterns associated with interest in the sphere category.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2008
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: Mary Kay Hoal
  • Publication number: 20080281710
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for managing an online social network, the method comprising: establishing criteria for membership in a social network; receiving a request to participate in the social network; obtaining information about the requester; verifying the actual identify of the requester; and determining the eligibility of the requester to participate in the social network based on the established criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2008
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: Mary Kay Hoal
  • Publication number: 20080282324
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for managing an online social network, the method including the steps of: a) identifying patterns associated with inappropriate user activity; a) monitoring the online actions of at least one user of the social network; b) evaluating online actions taken by the at least one user; and c) comparing the online actions to the identified patterns associated with inappropriate activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2008
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: Mary Kay Hoal