New pending patent applications are published by the PTO on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Canopy, The first application discloses an enhanced detachable sensory-interface device for a wireless personal communication device. Assigned to MobiTV, the second application discloses techniques for media rights management on multiple devices.
20150103018, "Enhanced detachable sensory-interface device for a wireless personal communication device and method," assigned to Canopy Co., Inc.
A system and method that utilizes a protective sensor-interface apparatus, which removably connects and interfaces to a mobile electronic device, enabling users to more readily access and engage mobile content and data. The present invention provides a method and device wherein the user interfaces with digital content by using touch-sensitive areas on the back and sides of a protective case that interfaces with the mobile device, the software application and other users. This enables additional features that can be customized by users and developers for enhanced sensory experiences and digital rights management by creating components of a separate environment that exists in the case.
20150082463, "Media rights management on multiple devices," assigned to MobiTV.
Media rights are managed to include not just device authentication, but to include elements of user, device, and service authorization. A user can play media on a mobile device, continue playing the media on a desktop computer, and subsequently move to a large screen television and media rights are automatically identified to provide the most appropriate authorized content. This allows an authorized user to seamlessly access different forms of the same content on a variety of authenticated devices using the same digital rights management mechanisms.