Palo Alto, California (PRWEB) March 20, 2013
Inspired by the unusually beautiful experience he was having for 9 years as a full-time caregiver to his mother with Alzheimer's, Dr. Michael Norwood, author of the bestselling Wealthy Soul™ book series, filed for a key patent designed to transform the way users experience the entire web. The original patent, having a priority date extending back to June 2006, was just issued as US Patent 8402357.
What is commonplace on the web in 2013 was virtually unheard of in 2006. The patent describes what in 2006 were radical new ways for users to interact with the web and to express themselves. Rather than their comments on blogs and websites getting lost and forgotten in the internet's 13+ billion web pages, the patent in part allows users' comments to be collected and available so that they have an Internet based record of these comments that they can easily and readily access.
The patent also describes the ability for a user to share these thoughts or comments with others. It also describes many new features that still have never been seen on the web. The patent consists of 21 claims related to social media, sharing comments, and other uses.
"Having an automatic recording of our thoughts in one place so we don't lose them creates much more meaning to every interaction we have on the web," Norwood says. "The patent essentially unifies the entire worldwide web into one single place for us as individuals to express ourselves. And it allows us to share those interactions with our friends."
Back in 2006, Norwood would receive hundreds of comments on his Wealthy Soul blog whenever he sent one of his online newsletters out to his audience of 129,000 subscribers. "I wanted to find a way to get even more users to share their thoughts,” he explains. “Personally, I rarely expressed myself on sites other than my own because what I would have commented on would have just gotten lost in the immensity of the web. This invention changed all of that.”
Norwood plans to use a significant portion of funds he receives from licensing or selling his patent to create a foundation for teaching caregivers how to interact with loved ones with Alzheimer's. Just as his patent changed the way users interact on the web, his foundation will be designed to transform the experience families have in caring for their loved ones with Alzheimer's. "Sometimes all that's required to solve a huge problem is a simple but highly powerful innovation," Norwood says.
"The patent was and still is all about making the world more sincere, authentic and transparent. And it's about making our interaction with the web less overwhelming and much more organized and meaningful.” He shares, "Given that, I would love to work with truly visionary and socially conscious companies to fully develop all the ideas in the patent and beyond."