Patents by Inventor Paul Robert Birnie

Paul Robert Birnie 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: 8260315
    Abstract: A device, system, and method are directed towards updating location information for a social network. A request for the location information associated with a GPS coordinate is received from a client device associated with a member of the social network. In response to the request, a location name associated with another member of the social network is provided to the client device based on the GPS coordinate. Another location name may be received from the client device. The other location name may be associated with the GPS coordinate and with the member in the social network. Thus, the GPS coordinate and/or member may be associated with a plurality of location names. A location description may also be received and associated with the location name and with the member in the social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Murray Blake Fortescu, Paul Robert Birnie
  • Patent number: 8108501
    Abstract: A device, system, and method are directed towards providing location information from a social network. A GPS coordinate and a search criterion are received from a client device associated with a member of a social network. The social network is searched for another member associated with a location name based on the GPS coordinate and the search criterion. The location name may be a sponsored advertisement. The location name is provided to the client device. A communication may be enabled between the member and the other member. Moreover, a start and end location may also be received. The GPS coordinate and/or search criterion may be associated with either the start or end location. The searched location name is used to determine a location of interest. A route is determined between the start and end location and through the location of interest. The route is provided to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: YAHOO! Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Robert Birnie, Murray Blake Fortescue
  • Publication number: 20110159890
    Abstract: A device, system, and method are directed towards updating location information for a social network. A request for the location information associated with a GPS coordinate is received from a client device associated with a member of the social network. In response to the request, a location name associated with another member of the social network is provided to the client device based on the GPS coordinate. Another location name may be received from the client device. The other location name may be associated with the GPS coordinate and with the member in the social network. Thus, the GPS coordinate and/or member may be associated with a plurality of location names. A location description may also be received and associated with the location name and with the member in the social network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Murray Blake Fortescue, Paul Robert Birnie
  • Patent number: 7917154
    Abstract: A device, system, and method are directed towards updating location information for a social network. A request for the location information associated with a GPS coordinate is received from a client device associated with a member of the social network. In response to the request, a location name associated with another member of the social network is provided to the client device based on the GPS coordinate. Another location name may be received from the client device. The other location name may be associated with the GPS coordinate and with the member in the social network. Thus, the GPS coordinate and/or member may be associated with a plurality of location names. A location description may also be received and associated with the location name and with the member in the social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Murray Blake Fortescue, Paul Robert Birnie
  • Publication number: 20080104227
    Abstract: A device, system, and method are directed towards providing location information from a social network. A GPS coordinate and a search criterion are received from a client device associated with a member of a social network. The social network is searched for another member associated with a location name based on the GPS coordinate and the search criterion. The location name may be a sponsored advertisement. The location name is provided to the client device. A communication may be enabled between the member and the other member. Moreover, a start and end location may also be received. The GPS coordinate and/or search criterion may be associated with either the start or end location. The searched location name is used to determine a location of interest. A route is determined between the start and end location and through the location of interest. The route is provided to the client device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Robert Birnie, Murray Blake Fortescue
  • Publication number: 20080102856
    Abstract: A device, system, and method are directed towards updating location information for a social network. A request for the location information associated with a GPS coordinate is received from a client device associated with a member of the social network. In response to the request, a location name associated with another member of the social network is provided to the client device based on the GPS coordinate. Another location name may be received from the client device. The other location name may be associated with the GPS coordinate and with the member in the social network. Thus, the GPS coordinate and/or member may be associated with a plurality of location names. A location description may also be received and associated with the location name and with the member in the social network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Murray Blake Fortescue, Paul Robert Birnie