On Tuesdays the USPTO issues new patents. Both of today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Sony (JP), the first patent concerns a digital rights management dongle. Assigned to Cheng Holdings, the second patent concerns techniques for validating protected intra-system interconnects for digital rights management in electrical computers and digital data processing systems.
8,296,240, "Digital rights management dongle," assigned to Sony (JP).
A dongle for digital rights management protection, in accordance with one embodiment of the present technology, includes a digital right management engine and an encryption/decryption engine. The digital rights management engine is adapted to port digital rights management rules of a source of content to digital rights management rules enforced by the digital rights management engine. The encryption/decryption engine is adapted to re-encrypting the source of content into a managed copy of the content, wherein the managed copy of the content is locked to the dongle.
8,291,501, "Validation of protected intra-system interconnects for digital rights management in electrical computers and digital data processing systems," assigned to Cheng Holdings, LLC.
Embodiments for validating protected data paths for digital rights management of digital objects are disclosed. Some embodiments disclosed herein may comprise processes or apparatus for transferring data from one or more peripherals to one or more computers or digital data processing systems for the latter to process, store, and/or further transfer and/or for transferring data from the computers or digital data processing systems to the peripherals. Some embodiments disclosed herein may comprise processes or apparatus for interconnecting or communicating between two or more components connected to an interconnection medium within a single computer or digital data processing system.