Patents by Inventor Michal Bortnik

Michal Bortnik 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: 20130244793
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a game achievements system where players are rewarded with game achievements based on mastering certain in-game facets of the games they play. Each game achievement may be conveyed in a profile as a badge or trophy, title, description, date, etc. Players may also accumulate points based on game achievements. A display interface may be made available such that a player may see his achievements and total points, as well as those of others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Vincent H. Curley, James Hsi-Kai Jen, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Steven D. Lamb
  • Patent number: 8500560
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a single sign in a gaming console that associates online activity that is out-of-game/cross game, and/or online activity that is in-game, and/or activity that is offline and in-game with that account. While online, a service tracks activity of gamers and provides usage statistics in a profile. While offline, the game console tracks the player's activity via a mechanism to collect detailed information about a specific player's in-game statistics and accomplishments. The offline activity is cached and uploaded when the console connects to the online service. Players can accumulate achievements offline that are credited towards online activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Erik John Arthur, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Yasser B. Asmi, Steven D. Lamb, James N. Helm
  • Patent number: 8485905
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a single sign in a gaming console that associates online activity that is out-of-game/cross game, and/or online activity that is in-game, and/or activity that is offline and in-game with that account. While online, a service tracks activity of gamers and provides usage statistics in a profile. While offline, the game console tracks the player's activity via a mechanism to collect detailed information about a specific player's in-game statistics and accomplishments. The offline activity is cached and uploaded when the console connects to the online service. Players can accumulate achievements offline that are credited towards online activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Erik John Arthur, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Yasser B. Asmi, Steven D. Lamb, James N. Helm
  • Patent number: 8469805
    Abstract: A game console has the capability to execute programming to unlock an achievement. After the achievements are unlocked, a data store accessible by the game console over a network stores the information in the profile of the user. The achievements associated with the user profiles can be retrieved from the store along with an indicator, that is indicative of a tier level associated with the achievement where the tier indicates a certain performance level associated with unlocking a particular achievement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin F. Kilgore, Michal Bortnik, Patrick W. O'Kelley, II, Vincent H. Curley, Alan T. Shen
  • Patent number: 8454443
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a game achievements system where players are rewarded with game achievements based on mastering certain in-game facets of the games they play. Each game achievement may be conveyed in a profile as a badge or trophy, title, description, date, etc. Players may also accumulate points based on game achievements. A display interface may be made available such that a player may see his achievements and total points, as well as those of others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Vincent H. Curley, James Hsi-Kai Jen, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Steven D. Lamb
  • Patent number: 8425331
    Abstract: A user interface for displaying a user profile in a gaming console that communicates to a remote service. A “Gamer Profile” is created that serves as a building block for services and applications that aim to create a social community of gamers and grow relationships among players. In accordance with the present invention, the Gamer Profile is the entirety of information (e.g., metadata) related to a specific user. The Gamer Profile is developed from a set of services that collect and expose this information in a meaningful way to the community. Feedback information may be included that is provided by other users to further enhance the profile. The Gamer Profile also provides for personalization such that users can customize their gaming experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Paolo V. Malabuyo, Steven Ryan Gunn, James David Macauley, Patrick W. O'Kelley, II
  • Patent number: 8388449
    Abstract: Information is shared among users in a system by the use of a service. The service receives information from at least two different game applications that each have a configuration file (defined with a common schema) that defines information from the game application to share with a service. An intermediary program executing on a computer that is also executing one of said game applications receives information from the application as defined by said configuration files and stores at least a portion of the information received from the application. At least a portion of the information is sent to the service when the intermediary is in communication with the service over a network wherein the service provides information about a user of said at least two game applications based on information received by said service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. O'Kelley, II, Steven D. Lamb, Vincent H. Curley, Ling Tony Chen, Michal Bortnik, James Hsi-Kai Jen, Jerry Alan Johnson, Johan Peter Hansen
  • Patent number: 8323112
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a game achievements system where players are rewarded with game achievements based on mastering certain in-game facets of the games they play. Each game achievement may be conveyed in a profile as a badge or trophy, title, description, date, etc. Players may also accumulate points based on game achievements. A display interface may be made available such that a player may see his achievements and total points, as well as those of others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Vincent H. Curley, James Hsi-Kai Jen, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Steven D. Lamb
  • Publication number: 20120270645
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a single sign in a gaming console that associates online activity that is out-of-game/cross game, and/or online activity that is in-game, and/or activity that is offline and in-game with that account. While online, a service tracks activity of gamers and provides usage statistics in a profile. While offline, the game console tracks the player's activity via a mechanism to collect detailed information about a specific player's in-game statistics and accomplishments. The offline activity is cached and uploaded when the console connects to the online service. Players can accumulate achievements offline that are credited towards online activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Erik John Arthur, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Yasser B. Asmi, Steven D. Lamb, James N. Helm
  • Publication number: 20120264509
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a single sign in a gaming console that associates online activity that is out-of-game/cross game, and/or online activity that is in-game, and/or activity that is offline and in-game with that account. While online, a service tracks activity of gamers and provides usage statistics in a profile. While offline, the game console tracks the player's activity via a mechanism to collect detailed information about a specific player's in-game statistics and accomplishments. The offline activity is cached and uploaded when the console connects to the online service. Players can accumulate achievements offline that are credited towards online activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Erik John Arthur, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Yasser B. Asmi, Steven D. Lamb, James N. Helm
  • Patent number: 8277325
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a game achievements system where players are rewarded with game achievements based on mastering certain in-game facets of the games they play. Each game achievement may be conveyed in a profile as a badge or trophy, title, description, date, etc. Players may also accumulate points based on game achievements. A display interface may be made available such that a player may see his achievements and total points, as well as those of others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Vincent H. Curley, James Hsi-Kai Jen, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Steven D. Lamb
  • Patent number: 8235818
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a single sign in a gaming console that associates online activity that is out-of-game/cross game, and/or online activity that is in-game, and/or activity that is offline and in-game with that account. While online, a service tracks activity of gamers and provides usage statistics in a profile. While offline, the game console tracks the player's activity via a mechanism to collect detailed information about a specific player's in-game statistics and accomplishments. The offline activity is cached and uploaded when the console connects to the online service. Players can accumulate achievements offline that are credited towards online activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Erik John Arthur, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Yasser B. Asmi, Steven D. Lamb, James N. Helm
  • Patent number: 8231472
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a single sign in a gaming console that associates online activity that is out-of-game/cross game, and/or online activity that is in-game, and/or activity that is offline and in-game with that account. While online, a service tracks activity of gamers and provides usage statistics in a profile. While offline, the game console tracks the player's activity via a mechanism to collect detailed information about a specific player's in-game statistics and accomplishments. The offline activity is cached and uploaded when the console connects to the online service. Players can accumulate achievements offline that are credited towards online activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Erik John Arthur, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Yasser B. Asmi, Steven D. Lamb, James N. Helm
  • Publication number: 20120150661
    Abstract: A system and method for creating shareable Internet-based advertisements includes an administration console receiving data related to an Internet-based advertisement, and configuring an overlay to provide on top of the Internet-based advertisement. A database operatively connected to the administration console stores data and code related to the overlay and the Internet-based advertisement. A share tag is applied to the Internet-based advertisement. Upon activation of the share tag, a share tag server retrieves the stored data and code and displays the overlay on the Internet-based advertisement as an expanded share tag. Upon activation of a share feature on the expanded share tag, the share tag server provides, to a desired social media network server, the stored data needed to display the Internet-based advertisement on the user's social media network page. The Internet-based advertisement is displayed on the user's social media network page, and may be further shared by others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: LOCKERZ, INC
    Inventors: Bill DeStein, Michal Bortnik, Qinchao Zhu, Stephen Mooney
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120009999
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a single sign in a gaming console that associates online activity that is out-of-game/cross game, and/or online activity that is in-game, and/or activity that is offline and in-game with that account. While online, a service tracks activity of gamers and provides usage statistics in a profile. While offline, the game console tracks the player's activity via a mechanism to collect detailed information about a specific player's in-game statistics and accomplishments. The offline activity is cached and uploaded when the console connects to the online service. Players can accumulate achievements offline that are credited towards online activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Erik John Arthur, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Yasser B. Asmi, Steven D. Lamb, James N. Helm
  • Publication number: 20110319174
    Abstract: Information is shared among users in a system by the use of a service. The service receives information from at least two different game applications that each have a configuration file (defined with a common schema) that defines information from the game application to share with a service. An intermediary program executing on a computer that is also executing one of said game applications receives information from the application as defined by said configuration files and stores at least a portion of the information received from the application. At least a portion of the information is sent to the service when the intermediary is in communication with the service over a network wherein the service provides information about a user of said at least two game applications based on information received by said service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick W. O'Kelley, II, Steven D. Lamb, Vincent H. Curley, Ling Tony Chen, Michal Bortnik, James Hsi-Kai Jen, Jerry Alan Johnson, Johan Peter Hansen
  • Publication number: 20110320018
    Abstract: Information is shared among users in a system by the use of a service. The service receives information from at least two different game applications that each have a configuration file (defined with a common schema) that defines information from the game application to share with a service. An intermediary program executing on a computer that is also executing one of said game applications receives information from the application as defined by said configuration files and stores at least a portion of the information received from the application. At least a portion of the information is sent to the service when the intermediary is in communication with the service over a network wherein the service provides information about a user of said at least two game applications based on information received by said service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick W. O'Kelley, II, Steven D. Lamb, Vincent H. Curley, Ling Tony Chen, Michal Bortnik, James Hsi-Kai Jen, Jerry Alan Johnson, Johan Peter Hansen