New patents are issued on Tuesdays by the PTO. Both of today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Sprint, the first of today's patents addresses techniques for provisioning vehicle based digital rights management for media delivered via phone. Assigned to Intel, the second patent addresses techniques for connecting mobile devices, internet-connected vehicles, and cloud services.
9,032,547, "Provisioning vehicle based digital rights management for media delivered via phone," assigned to Sprint.
Embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for provisioning vehicle based digital rights management (DRM) for content delivered through a brought-in mobile device. Content may be delivered by the content provider to the vehicle via connection with the mobile device, wherein the content may be accessed using a computer system (or head unit) in the vehicle. Access to the content may be controlled or managed using a DRM package associated with a vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle.
9,032,493, "Connecting mobile devices, internet-connected vehicles, and cloud services," assigned to Intel.
A three-way trust relationship is established between a mobile device, Internet-connected vehicle system, and a cloud-based service. Access rights are granted to the mobile device from the vehicle system, such that the mobile device can securely connect to, and obtain status information and/or control the Internet-connected vehicle system, through the cloud-based service.