Every Thursday, the US Patent and Trademark Office publishes pending patent applications. Publication has no bearing on whether a patent will eventually be issued based on the application. Still, issued patents and published applications are often indicators of what people have been thinking about and the kinds of things that individuals or companies believe may be useful to them in the future. Here are two recently published applications, one dealing with a digital rights security and rights management using a smart card assigned to France Telecom, the other originally filed in Korea and dealing with protected distribution of digital information.
20050086479, "System and method for providing services," assigned to France Telecom.
A system for providing secure services to a user via a communications network comprises an applications device including a data processor operable to provide a user service in accordance with an applications program requiring sensitive data. The system includes a smart card access device for accessing a smart card uniquely associated with the user, the smart card including an encryption key pre-stored in the smart card and a communications interface for communicating data securely via the communications network using the smart card encryption key. A trusted server is operable to communicate sensitive data to the smart card via the communications network by encrypting the sensitive data using the smart card encryption key. The sensitive data is decrypted and stored on the smart card. The applications program is operable to access the sensitive data on the smart card only following a successful mutual authentication between the smart card and the applications program. Secure communication of the sensitive data is thereby provided using an inherent security facility within smart cards such as Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM), which acts as a local server to the applications program.
20050086501, "Method and system for the information protection of digital content," originally filed in Korea but with no assignee indicated.
The present invention relates to the information protection of digital content transferred by streaming and download service through wire or wireless Internet network. The information protection system in this invention suggests a drastic prevention method of copyrights infringement such as illegal copy and unauthorized distribution of digital content, by using of the encryption, decryption, distribution, and authentication technologies. This invention suggests the control technology of general viewer program, not the specific viewer program for information protection, using a network filter driver for streaming and file system filter driver for download service. The main function of network and file system filter driver is the filtering operation such as a hooking, changing, decrypting, and restoring of message and data packet, and transferring to the viewer program. The main idea and technology of this invention suggest higher secure and efficient digital information protection system for live/VOD/HTTP streaming and download service.