Thursdays the PTO publishes new pending patent applications. Both of this week's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Philips (NL), the first application discloses a DRM system. Assigned to thePlatform for Media, the second application discloses techniques for processing content rights.
20140130181, "DRM System", assigned to Philips (NL)
A method of and system for digital rights management, in which access to a piece of content is granted in accordance with a license owned by a license owner to a client who is a member of a domain. This requires successfully verifying that a membership relation exists between the client and the domain as reflected in a first state variable, and that an association relation exists between the license owner and the domain as reflected in a second state variable. Both relationships are revoked by executing an online protocol between the parties in the relationship after which both remove the corresponding state variable. The domain controller propagates the state administration relating to the domain is propagated to the client so that the client can update its state administration.
20140130185, "Methods And Systems For Processing Content Rights," assigned to thePlatform for Media, Inc.
A system and method for processing content access rights and/or entitlement rights are disclosed. A method, in one aspect, provides for receiving a selection of a content option, requesting access information associated with the selected content option, receiving access information comprising location information relating to a compatible format, requesting access rights from a first service associated with the location information, wherein the first service requests an access decision relating to the selected content option from a second service based upon the access rights, and receiving the access rights.