On Thursdays the USPTO publishes new pending patent applications. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Microsoft, the first application discloses techniques for controlling access to resources by hosted entities. Assigned to LG Electronics, the second application discloses techniques for controlling a mobile terminal.
20100319051, "Controlling access to resources by hosted entities," assigned to Microsoft.
Controlling resource access by entities hosted by an execution extension environment via entity identifiers associated with the resources or with the execution extension environment. Policy sets define the access to the resources. Each policy set includes a principal identifier for execution extension environment, a resource identifier for one of the resources, and access rights. The principal identifier or the resource identifier includes one of the entity identifiers. Access requests from entities are evaluated by comparing the entity identifiers to the policy sets. In some embodiments, the policy sets implement access control for web browsers hosting executable code that attempts to access resources on a computing device.
20100315359, "Terminal and control method thereof," assigned to LG Electronics (KR).
A mobile terminal includes a display unit for displaying an electronic book, a user interface for selecting a specific portion to be extracted from the electronic book, a controller for extracting the selected specific portion and copyright information related to the extracted specific portion, and a memory for storing the extracted specific portion and the copyright information. The controller applies the extracted specific portion to an application such that the specific portion is displayed within the application and the copyright information is displayed on the display unit when the specific portion is applied to the application. When the extracted specific portion is applied to the application, the copyright information is automatically included in the applied specific portion. The display unit of the mobile terminal includes an electronic paper display and a liquid crystal display (LCD) and the electronic book is displayed on the electronic paper display.