On Thursdays the USPTO publishes new patent applications. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern the use of digital watermarks. The first of today's applications discloses techniques for rights protection of datasets with dataset structure preservation, no assignee given. The second application discloses ways of incorporating additional information into main information through electronic watermarking technique, assigned to Yamaha (JP).
A system and method for rights protection of a dataset that includes multiple trajectory objects includes determining an intensity power for embedding a watermarking key in a data trajectory. The data trajectory is modified to embed a watermarking key at the intensity power such that the intensity power guarantees an original pair-wise relationship between distance-based neighboring objects before and after embedding of the key such that a modified trajectory provides a watermarked version of the data trajectory.
20090092244, "Method and Device for Incorporating Additional Information into Main Information Through Electronic Watermarking Technique," assigned to Yamaha (JP).
Two data units are selected from main information, such as MIDI data, into which additional information is to be incorporated, to calculate a difference between respective values of the two data units. A particular data segment to be incorporated into one of the MIDI data units is selected from a group of data of additional information. The size of the data segment to be incorporated into one of the data units may be either one bit or two or more bits. Substitute data to replace the content of one MIDI data unit is generated on the basis of a predetermined function using, as variables, the data-related value and a value of the particular data segment, and the content of the data unit corresponding to a predetermined one of the two MIDI data units is replaced by the generated substitute data. Thus, through such an electronic watermarking technique, any desired additional information can be incorporated into the MIDI data without changing the MIDI data format. In another implementation, data of encoding information, representative of an encoding procedure, are incorporated dispersedly into particular data units belonging to a predetermined first data group of the main information, and data belonging to a predetermined second data group of the main information are encoded by the encoding procedure represented by the encoding information.