New patents are issued by the USPTO on Tuesdays. Both of this week's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Geofeedia, the first patent addresses techniques for targeted messaging, workflow management, and digital rights management for geofeeds. Assigned to CenturyLInk, the second patent addresses techniques for providing wireless security surveillance services accessible via a telecommunications device.
9,443,090, "System and method for targeted messaging, workflow management, and digital rights management for geofeeds," assigned to Geofeedia, Inc.
The disclosure relates to systems and methods for targeted messaging, workflow management, and digital rights management for geofeeds, including content that is related to geographically definable locations and aggregated from a plurality of social media or other content providers. The system may facilitate targeted messaging to users who create content. The targeted messaging may be based on the content (or location related to the content) such as a request for additional information or a promotional message. The system may generate workflows that allow management of the content with respect to operational processes of an entity that wishes to use the content and facilitates the management of usage rights related to the content as well as payments related to such usage rights. For example, the system may store whether content requires permission to use the content and/or whether such permission was obtained and facilitates payment.
9,451,217, "System and method for providing wireless security surveillance services accessible via a telecommunications device," assigned to CenturyLink.
A system and method for providing video surveillance may include providing digital television services to a customer via middleware. The middleware may include digital rights management services. Digital surveillance services may be provided to the customer via the middleware. In providing digital surveillance services to the customer, the customer may be enabled to access surveillance equipment via the middleware from a remote location using a telecommunications device, where the telecommunications device is authorized to access the surveillance equipment by the digital rights management services.