Happy New Year to all. The PTO publishes new pending patent applications on Tuesdays. Today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Intertrust, the first application discloses trusted infrastructure support systems, methods and techniques for secure electronic commerce, electronic transactions and rights management. Assigned to Disney, the second application discloses trust based digital rights management systems.
20140380408, "Trusted infrastructure support systems, methods and techniques for secure electronic commerce, electronic transactions and rights management," assigned to Intertrust Technologies.
An integrated, modular array of administrative and support services are provided for electronic commerce and electronic rights and transaction management. These administrative and support services supply a secure foundation for conducting transaction-related capabilities over electronic networks, and can also be adapted to the specific needs of electronic commerce value chains. In one embodiment a Distributed Commerce Utility having a secure, programmable, distributed architecture provides these administrative and support services. The Distributed Commerce Utility may comprise a number of Commerce Utility Systems. These Commerce Utility Systems provide a web of infrastructure support available to, and reusable by, the entire electronic community and/or many of its participants. Different support functions can be collected together in hierarchical and/or networked relationships to suit various business models or other objectives. Modular support functions can be combined in different arrays to form different Commerce Utility Systems for different design implementations and purposes.
20140373113, "Trust based digital rights management systems," assigned to Disney Enterprises, Inc.
A system and method for allowing access to digitally protected content are disclosed. License metadata and credentials from multiple types of digital rights management systems may be used to grant access to content protected by a different type of digital rights management system. Hierarchical levels of access to the content may be granted based on at least one of license metadata and credentials.