On Tuesdays the USPTO issues new patents. Both of today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to LG Electronics (KR), the first patent addresses techniques for managing digital rights of secure removable media. Assigned to Intel, the second patent addresses access rights in devices at least one of which is connected wirelessly.
8,256,009, "Method and apparatus for managing digital rights of secure removable media," assigned to LG Electronics (KR).
Disclosed is a method and apparatus for managing rights object of SRM in a digital rights management system. The method for managing rights object bound to the SRM, comprises: transmitting ROAP trigger from a rights issuer to a terminal; transmitting an RO request message from the terminal to the rights issuer and transmitting a response message to the RO request message from the rights issuer to the terminal; and transmitting the rights object included in the response message from a DRM agent of the terminal to a DRM agent of the SRM and installing the rights object in the SRM. Accordingly, the SRM can receive its own rights object from the rights issuer through the terminal.
8,254,995, "Method and device for communicating data," assigned to Intel.
A wireless device is disclosed. The wireless device includes a wireless communication module, a data storage module, and a controller for controlling the storage and/or retrieval of data from the data storage module. The wireless communication module communicates with each of a plurality of remote devices and the data storage module defines a first storage area and a second storage area. The controller controls the communication of data between the first storage area and the remote device, and the second storage area and the remote device dependent upon access rights associated with the remote device. The first storage area typically defines a public storage area with which data is exchanged in a relatively free manner, and the second storage area typically defines a private storage area with which data is exchanged in a relatively restricted manner.