Tuesdays the Patent Office issues new patents. Both of today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital rights management and both are assigned to Intertrust Technologies. The first of today's patents addresses trusted storage systems including a trusted database. The second patent addresses techniques for secure transaction management and electronic rights protection.
8,464,071, "Trusted storage systems and methods," assigned to Intertrust Technologies.
Systems and methods are disclosed for providing a trusted database system that leverages a small amount of trusted storage to secure a larger amount of untrusted storage. Data are encrypted and validated to prevent unauthorized modification or access. Encryption and hashing are integrated with a low-level data model in which data and meta-data are secured uniformly. Synergies between data validation and log-structured storage are exploited.
8,464,077, "Systems and methods for secure transaction management and electronic rights protection," assigned to Intertrust Technologies.
The present invention provides systems and methods for secure transaction management and electronic rights protection. Electronic appliances such as computers equipped in accordance with the present invention help to ensure that information is accessed and used only in authorized ways, and maintain the integrity, availability, and/or confidentiality of the information. Such electronic appliances provide a distributed virtual distribution environment (VDE) that may enforce a secure chain of handling and control, for example, to control and/or meter or otherwise monitor use of electronically stored or disseminated information. Such a virtual distribution environment may be used to protect rights of various participants in electronic commerce and other electronic or electronic-facilitated transactions. Distributed and other operating systems, environments and architectures, such as, for example, those using tamper-resistant hardware-based processors, may establish security at each node. These techniques may be used to support an all-electronic information distribution, for example, utilizing the "electronic highway."