Tuesdays the PTO issues new patents. Both of today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Samsung, the first patent addresses techniques for providing a Digital Rights Management (DRM) service. Assigned to Sprint, the second patent addresses techniques for alternative authorization for telematics in a vehicle.
8,627,487, "Method and apparatus for providing DRM service," assigned to Samsung (KR).
An apparatus for providing a Digital Rights Management (DRM) service includes a Media Presentation Description (MPD) information configurer for determining a DRM system required in each of representations of content provided by an adaptive streaming service, classifying the representations into one or more groups according to predetermined criteria, and configuring MPD information by inserting content protection information including representation group information representing classified groups and information about DRM systems corresponding to the representation group information; and a communication unit for transmitting the MPD information to a user terminal receiving the content.
8,630,747, "Alternative authorization for telematics," assigned to Sprint Communications Company L.P.
A system for alternative authorization for telematics in a vehicle is disclosed. The system comprises a telematics unit residing in the vehicle, a radio transceiver, and a digital rights management application executing on the telematics unit. The radio transceiver couples the telematics unit with a wireless service provider. The digital rights management application receives a remote operation request, maps the remote operation request to vehicle specific instructions contained in the digital rights management application, and executes the vehicle specific instructions on the telematics unit.