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 managing contents in mobile device. Assigned to Ericsson, the second patent addresses techniques for controlling a usage of digital data between terminals of a telecommunications network.
8,732,842, "Method and apparatus for managing contents in mobile device," assigned to Samsung (KR).
A method and an apparatus which permits intuitive management of a variety of digital contents stored in a mobile device. In a method for managing the contents, the mobile device determines a type of the content when a play of the content is ended. If the content is digital rights management (DRM) content, the mobile device checks a license count for authorized access to the DRM content and then determines whether or the license has expired or will expire shortly. If the license has expired, the mobile device removes the license-expired DRM content, or alternatively transfers the license-expired DRM content to a specified folder.
8,726,406, "Controlling a usage of digital data between terminals of a telecommunications network," assigned to Ericsson (SE).
A method and control of using a content data object associated to a content controlling terminal of a communications network, and receiving a request from a content receiving terminal to get a digital rights data object associated to the content data object, that is required to use the content data object, and initiating a transmission of the digital rights data object from the content controlling terminal to the content receiving terminal, and a control supporting server thereto. Also generating the digital rights data object, receiving a notification to send the digital rights data object to the content receiving terminal, and sending the digital rights data object to the content receiving terminal, and a content, controlling terminal thereto.