New patents are issued by the USPTO on Tuesdays. Both of today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Google, the first patent address techniques for using smart environment devices via application program assigned interfaces. Assigned to Evidian, the second patent addresses techniques for managing user accounts in a hosted application.
9,854,386, "Methods and apparatus for using smart environment devices via application program assigned interfaces, " assigned to Google.
Systems and Methods disclosed herein relate to provisioning vendor information to associate vendor data access rights, vendor data writing rights, or both, of a data model comprising information related to one or more smart-devices, one or more smart-device environment structures comprising the one or more smart-devices, or any combination thereof with the vendor; provisioning a particular electronic device type of the vendor by providing information about the particular electronic device type to a service that interprets this information to understand subsequent data submissions of the particular electronic device, wherein the provisioning of the particular electronic device is associated with the vendor; pairing the particular electronic device with a system hosting the data model by registering the particular electronic device with the system hosting the data model; and sending the subsequent data submissions from the one or more smart-devices to the service.
9,847,991, "Method for managing user accounts in a hosted application," assigned to Evidian (FR).
A method for managing user accounts in an application of an application provider, includes: receiving a request for proof of authentication to authenticate a user attempting to access the application, the user being registered with an identity provider having a trust relationship with the application provider; obtaining, from a local database, user data including authentication data and access rights data; authenticating the user by the authentication data; determining the user right to access the application, by the access rights data; determining the existence or absence of a user account associated with the user, by querying an external database managed by the application provider; if the user has the right to access the application and there is no user account associated with the user: triggering provisioning of the user account at an entity, generating a proof of authentication associated with the user, sending the proof of authentication to the application provider.