On Thursdays the USPTO publishes a new batch of patent applications. Both of today's Spotlight Applications address the use of watermarking. Assigned to Intertrust, the first applications discloses techniques for watermarking software and other media. Assigned to NEC (China) the second application discloses techniques for media program identification based on audio watermarking.
20080028474, "Systems and Methods for Watermarking Software and Other Media," assigned to Intertrust.
Systems and methods are disclosed for embedding information in software and/or other electronic content such that the information is difficult for an unauthorized party to detect, remove, insert, forge, and/or corrupt. The embedded information can be used to protect electronic content by identifying the content's source, thus enabling unauthorized copies or derivatives to be reliably traced, and thus facilitating effective legal recourse by the content owner. Systems and methods are also disclosed for protecting, detecting, removing, and decoding information embedded in electronic content, and for using the embedded information to protect software or other media from unauthorized analysis, attack, and/or modification.
20080027734, "Media Program Identification Method And Apparatus Based On Audio Watermarking," assigned to NEC (China).
The invention provides a method for obtaining related information about a media program containing an audio signal, comprising: an embedding step of embedding an audio watermark containing identification information of the media program into the audio signal of the media program; a transmitting step of transmitting the media program; a recording step of recording by a user a portion of the audio signal of the media program embedded with the audio watermark; an extracting step of extracting the audio watermark from the recorded portion of the audio signal to obtain the identification information and providing the identification information to a server storing the related information; and a related information providing step of providing the user with the related information about the media program according to the identification information from the server, wherein the embedding step comprises: identification information pre-processing step of performing a pre-processing on the identification information of the media program to obtain pre-processed identification information of the media program; echo delay array determining step of determining an echo delay array used in embedding a plurality of pairs of antipodal echoes into the audio signal; amplitude modulating step of modulating amplitudes of the plurality of pairs of antipodal echoes with the pre-processed identification information; echo repeating step of repeating the amplitude-modulated plurality of pairs of antipodal echoes; and echo embedding step of embedding the repeated and amplitude-modulated plurality of pairs of antipodal echoes into the audio signal along the echo delay array.