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.
Assigned to SeaGate, the first application addresses security and storage devices. The second application discloses an approach to hiding messages (Steganography) in an audio stream (watermarking) and is assigned to the Air Force Research Laboratory.
20050160281, "System and method for delivering versatile security, digital rights management, and privacy services," assigned to Seagate Technology, LLC.
A method for providing enhanced security features in a storage device involves partitioning a storage media in the storage device into a hidden partition and a storage partition in the storage media. A base class is written to the hidden partition. A security provider base class is instantiated from the base class. The security provider base class is adapted to control access to the storage media.
20050159831, "Steganographic method for covert audio communications," assigned to Air Force Research Laboratory IFOJ.
Method for embedding a covert message within a digital audio signal. The existence of the covert message is undetectable and the information content of the covert message can be further rendered unascertainable. Covert message data is embedded within a digital audio signal on an audio frame-by-audio frame basis. Covert message data is embedded either at a rate of one bit per frame or two bits per frame. The invention has uses including but not limited to watermarking digital audio signals, hiding data within a digital audio signal, increasing the channel capacity of a communications channel by placing multiple messages within each other, and generally increasing message robustness.