The PTO issues new patents on Tuesdays. Both of today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Samsung (KR), the first patent addresses techniques for DRM and a DRM-enabled portable device. Assigned to Microsoft, the second patent addresses techniques enabling multiple content protection systems in a file.
8,904,546, "Digital rights management method and digital rights management-enabled portable device," assigned to Samsung (KR).
A DRM method and DRM-enabled portable device for controlling playback of DRM content on the basis of content usage log is disclosed. A digital rights management method for a portable device of the present invention includes playing a content item recording, when an abnormal playback stop event is detected, a stop time point in a playback session of the content item on a usage log and controlling a next playback of the content item with reference to the recorded stop time point. The DRM method and DRM-enabled portable device of the present invention further manages the licenses issued for the DRM content stored in the portable device by updating the licenses even when the DRM content are abnormally closed during its playback session.
8,904,191, "Multiple content protection systems in a file," assigned to Microsoft.
Supporting a plurality of content protection systems in a single container file. The protection systems share an encryption method which is accessible from a sample encryption box in the file. Each of the protection systems stores, in a protection system header box, information for decrypting the content in accordance with the corresponding protection system. In some embodiments, separate protection system header boxes in the file correspond to each of the protection systems. By using the common encryption method and sharing encryption expressions across the protection systems, the multiple content protection systems are supported in the file without creating additional copies of the content. In some embodiments, aspects of the disclosure extend the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) base media file format to support multiple digital rights management (DRM) systems in the single container file.