The PTO publishes new pending patent applications on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital fingerprinting. Assigned to Adobe,the first application discloses techniques for media recognition. Assigned to Sonatype, the second application discloses techniques for matching unknown software component to known software component.
20140245018, "Systems and Methods for Media Recognition," assigned to Adobe.
Certain embodiments described herein provide methods and systems for media recognition. One exemplary embodiment involves recognizing a piece of media in two steps. First, a watermark may be recognized that identifies that the media has a media identifying fingerprint. Second, that fingerprint is retrieved and used to recognize the media content. Using a combination of watermarking and fingerprinting techniques provides various advantages, for example, it may address traditional inaccuracies involved with watermarking while reducing the computational power and bandwidth required to analyze every piece of media for a fingerprint.
20140244679, "Method and system for matching unknown software component to known software component," assigned to Sonatype, Inc.
A computer system or method identifies components. A component fingerprint storage is configured to memorize known fingerprints of known components. The term "component" used herein is defined to be a specific version of pre-existing executable software, or a reusable pre-existing self-contained software code building block which is not a complete stand-alone finished product ready for use and which is binary or source code. A fingerprint is generated for a normalized unknown component and fingerprints are generated for all normalized components included in the unknown component. It is determined whether any of the fingerprints generated for the normalized unknown component and for the normalized components included in the unknown component match any of the known fingerprints of known components.