On Thursdays the USPTO publishes new pending patent applications. Both of today's Spotlight Applications address aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Fox Entertainment, the first application discloses techniques for media asset/content security control and management, especially with respect to advertising. Assigned to Fujitsu (JP), the second application discloses techniques for information processing and use right collective management.
20110265150, "Media asset/content security control and management system," assigned to Fox Entertainment Group, Inc.
A system, method, apparatus, and computer readable storage medium provide the ability to deliver media content in a secure manner in a computer system. A storage repository stores media content and marketing assets for the media content. A server computer is coupled to the storage repository and enabled to provide access to the media content and marketing assets via a website accessible on the Internet worldwide to a user. A digital advertising publicity repository (DAPR) enables an administrator to define first access rights for the user to access the website and second access rights for the user to access the DAPR.
20110258633, "Information processing system and use right collective management method," assigned to Fujitsu Limited (JP).
Disclosed is an information processing system including plural information processing apparatuses that have respective hardware resources including hardware resources to be licensed, each information processing apparatus performing information processing using the licensed hardware resources in which use rights are allocated; and a management apparatus that is connected to the plural information processing apparatuses and manages the hardware resources of the plural information processing apparatuses. The management apparatus includes a use right information holding unit that holds use right information corresponding to the use rights of the hardware resources, and a use right allocation unit that allocates the use rights to the hardware resources on a hardware resource basis in accordance with the held use right information.