New pending patent applications are published on Thursdays by the USPTO. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Spayce, the first application discloses a virtual property system for collecting content files associated with a physical object having a unique identifier. Assigned to Intel, the second application discloses techniques for supporting multiple digital rights management protocols on a client device.
20150221054, "Virtual property system," assigned to Spayce, Inc.
A virtual property system for collecting content files associated with a physical object having a unique identifier includes a server that is connected to a network. The server has at least a first non-transitory computer-readable storage medium and is adapted to define a virtual property associated with the physical object. The server includes a content acquisition module that captures a plurality of the content files, a moderating module that provides moderating access rights of the content files; a payment module that collects payment from the moderator, a display module adapted to display a status of each virtual property, and a content playback module for enabling presentation of any of the content files associated with the virtual property on a portable electronic device of a user who is within a predetermined distance of the physical object.
20150222633, "Technologies for supporting multiple digital rights management protocols on a client device," apparently assigned to Intel.
Technologies for supporting and implementing multiple digital rights management protocols on a client device are described. In some embodiments, the technologies include a client device having an architectural enclave which may function to identify one of a plurality of digital rights management protocols for protecting digital information to be received from a content provider or a sensor. The architectural enclave select a preexisting secure information processing environment (SIPE) to process said digital information, if a preexisting SIPE supporting the DRM protocol is present on the client. If a preexisting SIPE supporting the DRM protocol is not present on the client, the architectural enclave may general a new SIPE that supports the DRM protocol on the client. Transmission of the digital information may then be directed to the selected preexisting SIPE or the new SIPE, as appropriate.