New patents are issued on Tuesdays at the USPTO. Both of today's featured patents address various aspects of DRM. Assigned to IBM, the first discloses techniques for supporting digital rights management in an enhanced Java runtime environment. Assigned to Microsoft, the second discloses ways of enrolling a DRM server in a DRM architecture.
7,308,717, "System and method for supporting digital rights management in an enhanced Java.TM. 2 runtime environment," assigned to IBM.
A digital rights management (DRM) system and methodology for a Java client implementing a Java Runtime Environment (JRE). The JRE comprises a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and Java runtime libraries components and is capable of executing a player application for presenting content that can be presented through a Java program (e.g., a Java application, applet, servlet, bean, etc.) and downloaded from a content server to the client. The DRM system includes an acquisition component for receiving downloaded protected contents; and a dynamic rights management layer located between the JRE and player application for receiving requests to view or play downloaded protected contents from the player, and, in response to each request, determining the rights associated with protected content and enabling viewing or playing of the protected contents via the player application if permitted according to the rights. By providing a Ad DRM-enabled Java runtime, which does not affect the way non-DRM-related programs work, DRM content providers will not require the installation of customized players. By securing the runtime, every Java.TM. player automatically and transparently becomes a DRM-enabled player.
7,308,573, "Enrolling / sub-enrolling a digital rights management (DRM) server into a DRM architecture," assigned to Microsoft.
A Digital Rights Management (DRM) system has a plurality of DRM servers performing DRM functionality and an entering DRM-E server is enrolled into the system by an enrolling DRM-R server such that the entering DRM-E server is to be trusted within the system. The DRM-E server sends an enrollment request to the DRM-R server including a proffering identification and a public key (PU-E). The DRM-R server validates the proffering identification, and, if the request is to be honored, generates a digital enrollment certificate with (PU-E) for the DRM-E server to enroll such DRM-E server into the DRM system. The now-enrolled DRM-E server with the generated enrollment certificate is able to employ same to issue DRM documents within the DRM system.