On Thursdays the USPTO publishes new pending patent applications. Both of today's Spotlight Applications address various aspects of DRM. Assigned to Qualcomm, the first application discloses techniques for managing policies for time-based licenses on mobile devices. Assigned to Searete, the second application discloses control techniques for object production rights.
20090165083, "Method and apparatus for managing policies for time-based licenses on mobile devices," assigned to Qualcomm.
Methods and devices provide for creating, managing, modifying, and/or enforcing flexible digital rights management license policies for protecting games, media, data, or other software with a time-based license. Embodiments are especially directed toward situations in which a source of time is unavailable, untrustworthy, or unreliable. Licenses are defined by a small number of parameters. Parameter values may be defined by and included with protected content or applications. The parameter values may be chosen to define and enforce a desired level of compromise between usability and security characteristics.
20090165147, "Control technique for object production rights," assigned to Searete LLC.
Methods for a control technique for object production rights include but are not limited to receiving at the duplication control system a digital rights management code, the digital rights management code associated with one or more object data files; generating an authorization status based on the digital rights management code; and configuring one or more manufacturing machines to operate as a function of the authorization status.