On Thursday's the USPTO publishes new pending patent applications. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of DRM and both are assigned to Seagate Technologies. The first application discloses techniques for anchor point-based digital content protection with an escrow anchor point. The second application discloses techniques for posted move in anchor point-based digital rights management
20090190765, "Anchor point-based digital content protection with an escrow anchor point," assigned to Seagate Technology
Digital rights management (DRM) can be effectively implemented through use of an anchor point and binding records in a user domain and backed up through use of an escrow anchor point and an escrow binding record in an anchor point based digital rights management system. An escrow binding record provides additional functionality and reliability to a DRM system by allowing a user to use of digital content even after an access device has been lost or compromised.
20090193526, "Posted move in anchor point-based digital rights management," assigned to Seagate Technology.
An anchor-point based digital rights management provides for a posted move of one or more digital rights between two devices. By executing a posted move, a user (1) disables a binding record of a source user device, thereby terminating authorized use of the digital property instance through at the source anchor point; and (2) enables a different binding record of a target user device, thereby allowing authorized use of the digital property instance through that target anchor point. Such a "move" can accomplished through secure communications links mediated by one or both of a content handler and an anchor point message system.