New patents are issued by the USPTO on Tuesdays. Both of today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Intertrust, the first of today's patents addresses techniques for a digital rights management engine that evaluates a license associated with protected content to determine if a requested access or other use of the content is authorized. Assigned to Sonic IP, the second patent addresses techniques for enabling playback of digital content using electronic tickets and ticket tokens representing grant of access rights.
9,626,667, "Digital rights management engine systems and methods," assigned to Intertrust Technologies.
Systems and methods are described for performing digital rights management. In one embodiment, a digital rights management engine is provided that evaluates license associated with protected content to determine if a requested access or other use of the content is authorized. In some embodiments, the licenses contain control programs that are executable by the digital rights management engine.
9,626,490, "Systems and methods for enabling playback of digital content using electronic tickets and ticket tokens representing grant of access rights," assigned to Sonic IP, Inc.
Systems and methods for accessing digital content using electronic tickets and ticket tokens are disclosed. In one system, a user device includes a processor, a network interface, and memory configured to store an electronic ticket, and a ticket token, and the processor is configured by an application to send a request for digital content, receive a ticket token from a merchant server, wherein the ticket token is generated by a DRM server and associated with an electronic ticket that enables playback of the requested digital content, send the ticket token to a DRM server, receive an electronic ticket that enables playback of requested digital content, request the digital content associated with the electronic ticket, and play back the requested digital content using the electronic ticket.