Thursdays the PTO publishes new pending patent applications. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Cox, the first application discloses techniques for delivering content including access rights. Apparently assigned to OpenTV, the second application discloses techniques for transferring digital media rights in social network environment.
20140026160, "Systems, methods, and apparatus for delivering content," assigned to Cox Communications.
Systems, methods, and apparatus for delivering content are provided. A request for desired content may be received by a content management server from a customer device associated with a customer. The content management server may include one or more computers. Additionally, the content management server may determine whether the customer device is in communication with one or more additional devices associated with the customer. Based at least in part upon the communication determination, the content management server may determine whether the customer device is located within a subscription area for the customer. Based at least in part upon the determination of whether the customer device is located within the subscription area, the content management server may determine access rights to the desired content.
20140012666, "Transferring digital media rights in social network environment," apparently assigned to OpenTV.
In various example embodiments, systems and methods for transferring digital media rights in a social network environment are provided. For example, an indication to transfer digital rights in a digital content is received from a user of a social network. A first network connection in the social network associated with the user is determined. An advertisement of the digital content and an offer to transfer the digital rights may be presented to the first network connection. The digital rights in the digital content may be transferred to the first network connection.