On Thursdays the USPTO publishes new pending patent applications. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Samsung (KR), the first application discloses interoperability techniques for selecting a specific DRM service from among multiple services. Assigned to General Instrument, the second application discloses techniques for cross-domain DRM registration.
20120017282, "Method and apparatus for providing DRM service ," assigned to Samsung (KR).
A method and apparatus are provided for providing a DRM service in a user terminal apparatus providing an adaptive streaming service. Content protection information is received that includes information about multiple DRM systems applied to specific content provided using the adaptive streaming service. A specific DRM system is selected from among the multiple DRM systems. A license corresponding to the specific DRM system is acquired. The license includes an encryption key capable of decrypting the specific content. The specific content is decrypted using the acquired license.
20120011571, "Method And Apparatus For Cross DRM Domain Registration," assigned to General Instrument Corporation.
A content moving device may provide content to plurality of different user devices using a plurality of different DRM systems. The content moving device provides for registration of the DRM systems associated with the user devices. The content moving device may verify a user device by a DRM ID associated with the user device. A domain size may be used to limit the number of content user devices that may be approved for access.