New patents are issued by the USPTO on Tuesdays. Both of this week's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to IBM, the first patent addresses techniques for accessing an electronic asset using content augmentation. Assigned to Tata, the second patent addresses techniques for assigning access rights in enterprise digital rights management systems.
9,613,191, "Access to an electronic asset using content augmentation," assigned to IBM.
Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented and can include for instance: crowdsourcing data from a plurality of users via a computer network, the data including feedback data regarding digital rights click through documents, wherein each of the users is a party to at least one of the digital rights click through documents; storing the data obtained by the crowdsourcing into a digital rights history repository; examining a digital rights click through document of a certain user, wherein the digital rights click through document controls access to a digital asset, wherein the examining includes using at least a portion of the feedback data of the digital rights history repository; and augmenting content of the digital rights click through document based on a result of the examining.
9,613,222, "Assigning access rights in enterprise digital rights management systems," assigned to Tata Consultancy Services (IN).
The present subject matter relates to assigning access rights in enterprise digital rights management (eDRM) systems. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving, by an enterprise digital rights management (eDRM) device, user data corresponding to a plurality of users. Further, the method includes creating a user group based on the user data. The user group, thus created, is sent for storage in a repository associated with an eDRM server, enabling the user group to be accessible by a plurality of eDRM devices.