On Tuesdays the USPTO issues new patents. Both of today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Samsung (KR), the first patent addresses techniques for temporarily using DRM contents. Assigned to ETRI (KR), the second patent addresses techniques for executing interoperable digital rights management
8,214,912, "Method and apparatus for temporarily using DRM contents," assigned to Samsung (KR)
A method and apparatus for temporarily using Digital Rights Management (DRM) contents is provided. The method includes receiving a rights object having information required for using the contents, converting the rights object into a first temporary rights object and a second temporary rights object for a temporary use of the contents, and transmitting the first temporary rights object and the second temporary rights object to an unauthorized device. The first temporary rights object and the second temporary rights object are the rights objects that allow using the contents for a predetermined time.
8,214,303, "Apparatus for executing interoperable digital rights management using contents device and method of performing operations between contents device and digital rights management tool for interoperable digital rights management," assigned to Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (KR)
Provided are an apparatus for executing interoperable digital rights management (DRM) using a contents device and a method of performing an operation between the contents device and a DRM tool for interoperable DRM, and more particularly, a method and apparatus for executing a DRM tool in various environments, regardless of the type of device or type of DRM tool, using an interfaced DRM executing apparatus including a DRM processor or a DRM tool agent.