On Thursdays the USPTO publishes new pending patent applications. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to France Telecom (FR), the first application discloses a client agent and other techniques for monitoring the use of protected content. Assigned to ZTE Corporation,
20120216300, "Method and client agent for monitoring the use of protected content," assigned to France Telecom (FR).
A method and apparatus are provided for controlling use of content protected with a digital rights management license which contains conditions for the use. When a request to use the content is received by a client agent controlling the use of the content, the conditions of use are checked. Within this check, a determination is made that the use of the content is conditional upon an obligation to perform a parental control operation on the content. A request for authorization to use the content is then transmitted from the controlling client agent to a parental control management module. After a parental control operation has been performed on the content by the parental control management module, the agent receives a result of the parental control operation. If the result is negative, a denial of use of the content is notified in response to the request to use the content.
20120203931, "Method and system for transmitting compressed rights," ZTE Corporation (CN).
The disclosure discloses a method for transmitting compressed rights. The method includes that: a terminal negotiates a compress algorithm with a server; the terminal requests the server through an "Extensions" field in a rights object request message to transmit the rights in compression format; the server generates a rights object response message according to a standard approach, compresses the rights in the rights object response message according to the negotiated compress algorithm, and generates a compressed rights object response message and sends the compressed rights object response message to the terminal; the terminal receives the compressed rights object response message, decompresses the rights in the received rights object response message according to the negotiated compress algorithm, and generates a decompressed rights object response message. The disclosure also discloses a system for transmitting compressed rights through which the volume of data in the Rights Object Acquisition Protocol (ROAP) communication can be reduced and the reliability of digital rights object transmission and user experience are improved.