Thursdays the PTO publishes new pending patent applications. Both of the Spotlight Applications presented address aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to IP Squared Technologies, the first application discloses techniques for managing data assets associated with peer-to-peer networks. Assigned to Adobe, the second application discloses a digital rights management retrieval system.
20140289862, "Systems and methods for managing data assets associated with peer-to-peer networks," assigned to IP Squared Technologies Holding, LLC.
A system and method for targeting content to BitTorrent users is presented. The system searches torrent file websites for a torrent file according to specified search criteria and verifies that the torrent file corresponds to a media file containing the copyrighted work. The system obtains tracker server information from the torrent file and obtains the IP addresses of participants currently connected to the torrent file from the tracker server, attempts to establish a connection with a participant based on an IP address selected from the IP addresses and, if successful, receives a data piece with a cryptographic hash from the participant. The cryptographic hash is verified to correctly match with the torrent file. The system provides for correlation of information about participants in the peer-to-peer network and using the information to provide targeted campaign to each user based on the user's preferences.
20140289515, "Digital rights management retrieval system," assigned to Adobe.
A digital rights management retrieval system is provided. In some embodiments, a digital rights management system includes receiving a first notification from a first client device of a first protected content transaction for a first user with a first content distributor, wherein the first notification includes a first network address for the first content distributor; receiving a second notification from the first client device of a second protected content transaction by the first user with a second content distributor, wherein the second notification includes a second network address for the second content distributor; and maintaining a first list of content distributors for the first user, wherein the first list includes a network address for each content distributor from which the first user has downloaded protected content.