Every Tuesday the USPTO publishes new patents. Both of today's Spotlight Patents address various aspects of watermarking. Assigned to IBM, the first patent concerns a contents server, contents receiving method for adding information to digital contents. Assigned to NEC, the second patent concerns techniques for inserting and detecting electronic watermarks
Method for embedding a unique and different digital watermark in digital contents for each access without increasing the overhead or load at the contents server. The contents server has a digital watermark-embedded contents storage unit for storing a plurality of digital contents where a different digital watermark is embedded, and a fingerprint performing unit for, adding to the digital contents the information specified using a bit row that is formed by a digital watermark being embedded into each part of the digital contents.
7,469,342, "Apparatus and methods for inserting and detecting electronic watermark," assigned to NEC (JP).
A secure electronic inserter. A picture analyzer 3 analyzes an input picture 101, and decides the insertion strength of the electronic water marking to be inserted, from one pixel of the input picture 101 to another, to output the insertion strength information 104 to an electronic watermark pattern inserter 1 and to a shifting information pattern inserter 2. The electronic watermark pattern inserter 1 inserts an electronic watermark pattern 105, stored in an electronic watermark pattern storage unit 4, into the input pattern 101. The key information pattern inserter 2 inserts the key information pattern 106, stored in the key information pattern storage unit 5, into a picture to be processed 102, having the inserted electronic watermark pattern, in accordance with the insertion strength information 104, to output the resulting picture.