New patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Comcast, the first application discloses techniques for video resolution enforcement and optimization in an adaptive bitrate environment. Assigned to Amazon, the second application discloses techniques for a 3D printing marketplace with federated access to printers.
20160088048, "Video Resolution Enforcement and Optimization in an Adaptive Bitrate Environment," assigned to Comcast.
Methods and systems related to authoring and acquiring digital rights management (DRM) licenses are disclosed. For example, a computing device may generate or author a digital rights management license for a content asset that includes one or more usage restriction rules. A usage restriction may limit the maximum display resolution for a content asset. Another device may then receive the license and process the one or more usage restrictions prior to presentation of the content asset to a user.
20160086254, "3D printing: marketplace with federated access to printers," assigned to Amazon.
Systems, methods, and media for optimizing and facilitating 3D printing services in a marketplace environment are provided. In one example, a system comprises a memory and at least one module, executing on one or more computer processors, to host or participate in a 3D printing service marketplace environment including marketplace participants and a federated network of 3D printing service providers. The at least one module receives a 3D printing request from a marketplace participant to print a 3D object at a 3D printing service provider, and communicates with at least some of the federated network of 3D printer service providers within the marketplace environment. In response to the received request, the at least one module lists at least some of the 3D printing service providers based on a 3D printer identifier metric. The 3D printer identifier metric may include a digital rights authorization.