Thursdays the PTO publishes new pending patent applications. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Dell, the first application discloses dynamic constraints for content rights. Assigned to Varonis Systems, the second application discloses techniques for requesting access to restricted objects by a remote computer.
20140143890, "Dynamic constraints for content rights," assigned to Dell.
A device for playing digital media comprises a connection for receiving content over a network and a digital rights management ("DRM") module that identifies rights for the received content by accessing a DRM data structure. The DRM data structure can be a temporal cache. The device receives content and the DRM module identifies identifiers associated with the content and/or the device. The DRM module uses the identifiers to access the DRM data structure and identify rights associated with the content. The identified rights are applied to the content to prevent and/or permit activities with respect to the content. Permitted activities for the content may be presented in a display of the device and can be updated as the content changes and/or as rights associated with content change. Content providers and other authorized entities can change the rights associated with particular content by updating the DRM data structure.
20140137269, "Requesting access to restricted objects by a remote computer," assigned to Varonis Systems, Inc.
A method for requesting access rights for an object of a computerized system, comprising invoking in a remote computer linkable to the computerized system an add-on program configured for notifying an owner of the object of the computerized system according to received contact data of the owner of the object, thereby requesting from the owner of the object access rights to the object independently of the computerized system, and an apparatus for performing the same.