On Thursdays the USPTO publishes new pending patent applications. Both of today's Spotlight Applications address aspects of digital watermarking. Assigned to IBM, the first application discloses techniques for metadata embedding in streaming medical data. Apparently assigned to Blue Spike, Inc., the second application discloses security techniques based on subliminal and supraliminal channels for data objects.
20120281894, "Systems and Methods for Metadata Embedding in Streaming Medical Data," assigned to IBM.
Systems and methods for embedding metadata such as personal patient information within actual medical data signals obtained from a patient are provided wherein two watermarks, a robust watermark and a fragile watermark are embedded in a given medical data signal. The robust watermark includes a binary coded representation of the metadata that is incorporated into the frequency domain of the medical data signal using discrete Fourier transformations and additive embedding. Error correcting code can also be added to the binary representation of the metadata using Hamming coding. A given robust watermark can be incorporated multiple times in the medical data signal. The fragile watermark is added on top of the modified medical signal containing the robust watermark in the spatial domain of the modified medical signal. The fragile watermark utilizes hash function to generate random sequences that are incorporated through the medical data signal.
20120278627, "Security based on subliminal and supraliminal channels for data objects," apparently assigned to Blue Spike, Inc.
This invention relates to security for data objects; more particularly, the present invention relates to improved security based on subliminal and supraliminal channels for data objects. In another embodiment, a method of protecting a data object comprises: steganographically encoding a subset of candidate bits in a digitized sample stream; perceptibly manipulating data in the digitized sample stream; and combining the imperceptible and perceptible data changes to create a secure/unique digital sample stream. In yet another embodiment, a method for securing a data signal comprises: preanalyzing said data signal for candidate watermark/signature bits; steganographically encoding independent data into the data signal into a subset of the candidate watermark bits, at least one time; and encoding the data signal subsequently with a perceptible technique.