Patents by Inventor Shawn Lohstroh

Shawn Lohstroh 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: 20180036633
    Abstract: In a method of notifying a user of an option to participate in a meta game, a presence of a player of a computer-implemented game at a location is detected. An association between a computer-implemented meta-game and the location is identified. The player of the computer-implemented game is presented with an option to participate in the computer-implemented meta-game. An indication of an acceptance of the option to participate in the computer-implemented meta game is received from the player of the computer-implemented game. A performance of an action within the computer-implemented game by the player of the computer-implemented game is reflected within the computer-implemented meta game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Justin Rouse, Kevin Holme, Daniel Hurd, Jason Tomlinson, Grant Yang, Shawn Lohstroh, Jessica Oyhenart, David Chow
  • Patent number: 9833699
    Abstract: In a method of notifying a user of an option to participate in a meta game, a presence of a player of a computer-implemented game at a location is detected. An association between a computer-implemented meta-game and the location is identified. The player of the computer-implemented game is presented with an option to participate in the computer-implemented meta-game. An indication of an acceptance of the option to participate in the computer-implemented meta game is received from the player of the computer-implemented game. A performance of an action within the computer-implemented game by the player of the computer-implemented game is reflected within the computer-implemented meta game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Rouse, Kevin Holme, Daniel Hurd, Jason Tomlinson, Grant Yang, Shawn Lohstroh, Jessica Oyhenart, David Chow
  • Patent number: 9440146
    Abstract: In a method of managing a location-based meta game, a presence of a device is detected at a location. The device is configured to execute a computer-implemented game. Based on the detecting of the presence of the device, the device is instructed to present a user of the computer-implemented game with an option to participate in a computer-implemented meta game associated with the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Rouse, Kevin Holme, Daniel Hurd, Jason Tomlinson, Grant Yang, Shawn Lohstroh, Jessica Oyhenart, David Chow
  • Publication number: 20160062521
    Abstract: In a method of notifying a user of an option to participate in a meta game, a presence of a player of a computer-implemented game at a location is detected. An association between a computer-implemented meta-game and the location is identified. The player of the computer-implemented game is presented with an option to participate in the computer-implemented meta-game. An indication of an acceptance of the option to participate in the computer-implemented meta game is received from the player of the computer-implemented game. A performance of an action within the computer-implemented game by the player of the computer-implemented game is reflected within the computer-implemented meta game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: Justin Rouse, Kevin Holme, Daniel Hurd, Jason Tomlinson, Grant Yang, Shawn Lohstroh, Jessica Oyhenart, David Chow
  • Patent number: 9185534
    Abstract: In a method of notifying a user of an option to participate in a meta game, a presence of a player of a computer-implemented game at a location is detected. An association between a computer-implemented meta-game and the location is identified. The player of the computer-implemented game is presented with an option to participate in the computer-implemented meta-game. An indication of an acceptance of the option to participate in the computer-implemented meta game is received from the player of the computer-implemented game. A performance of an action within the computer-implemented game by the player of the computer-implemented game is reflected within the computer-implemented meta game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Rouse, Kevin Holme, Daniel Hurd, Jason Tomlinson, Grant Yang, Shawn Lohstroh, Jessica Oyhenart, David Chow
  • Publication number: 20150283464
    Abstract: A gameplay notification system receives gameplay indications and notification configuration information from a gameplay system. The gameplay indications and configuration information are stored in a platform queue corresponding to a client device platform type. Further configuration information may be received from various gameplay devices of a user. The notification configuration information is analyzed by the gameplay notification system to schedule transmission of gameplay notifications to various client device platform types. The notifications are sent to the corresponding client devices according to frequency, day of the week, and notification states, among other configuration settings, that pertain to a user and the user's corresponding client devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Publication date: October 8, 2015
    Inventors: Shawn Lohstroh, Geoff Dagley, Justin Rouse
  • Patent number: 9061211
    Abstract: A gameplay notification system receives gameplay indications and notification configuration information from a gameplay system. The gameplay indications and configuration information are stored in a platform queue corresponding to a client device platform type. Further configuration information may be received from various gameplay devices of a user. The notification configuration information is analyzed by the gameplay notification system to schedule transmission of gameplay notifications to various client device platform types. The notifications are sent to the corresponding client devices according to frequency, day of the week, and notification states, among other configuration settings, that pertain to a user and the user's corresponding client devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Lohstroh, Geoff Dagley, Justin Rouse
  • Publication number: 20130053149
    Abstract: In a method of notifying a user of an option to participate in a meta game, a presence of a player of a computer-implemented game at a location is detected. An association between a computer-implemented meta-game and the location is identified. The player of the computer-implemented game is presented with an option to participate in the computer-implemented meta-game. An indication of an acceptance of the option to participate in the computer-implemented meta game is received from the player of the computer-implemented game. A performance of an action within the computer-implemented game by the player of the computer-implemented game is reflected within the computer-implemented meta game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Justin Rouse, Kevin Holme, Daniel Hurd, Jason Tomlinson, Grant Yang, Shawn Lohstroh, Jessica Oyhenart, David Chow
  • Patent number: 5796825
    Abstract: A machine system for automatic decryption of confidential file data on a per-use basis and automatic later elimination of the decrypted data by scorching and/or re-encrypting is disclosed. The system can operate within a multi-threaded environment. The following features are provided for secure and automatic recryption: (1) use of file-exclusion lists; (2) use of application-program exclusion lists; (3) decrypting as needed in response to intercepted file-OPEN requests; (4) encrypting as needed in response to intercepted file-CLOSE requests; (5) delaying post-CLOSE encryption in special cases; (6) delaying retry of failed encryption; (7) keeping track of the number of application programs that are using each piece of decrypted plaintext; (8) identifying non-confidential files according to the directories they are contained within; (9) including encryption and decryption rules within directories that contain confidential files; and (10) avoiding unnecessary encryption of non-modified plaintext.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: William D. McDonnal, Shawn Lohstroh, David Grawrock
  • Patent number: 5699428
    Abstract: A machine system for automatic decryption of confidential file data on a per-use basis and automatic later elimination of the decrypted data by scorching and/or re-encrypting is disclosed. The system can operate within a multi-threaded environment. The following features are provided for secure and automatic recryption: (1) use of file-exclusion lists; (2) use of application-program exclusion lists; (3) decrypting as needed in response to intercepted file-OPEN requests; (4) encrypting as needed in response to intercepted file-CLOSE requests; (5) delaying post-CLOSE encryption in special cases; (6) delaying retry of failed encryption; (7) keeping track of the number of application programs that are using each piece of decrypted plaintext; (8) identifying non-confidential files according to the directories they are contained within; (9) including encryption and decryption rules within directories that contain confidential files; and (10) avoiding unnecessary encryption of non-modified plaintext.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: William D. McDonnal, Shawn Lohstroh, David Grawrock