New patents are issued on Tuesdays by the USPTO. Both of today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital fingerprinting. Assigned to Bank of America, the first patent addresses techniques for secure data containers. Assigned to Microsoft, the second patents addresses techniques for automated multimedia content recognition.
9,432,369, "Secure data containers," assigned to Bank of America.
Embodiments for providing secure data containers and allowing selective access to files stored in the containers include systems and methods that receive a request to create a container, wherein the container is a file system comprising access parameters that define one or more permitted actions and one or more permitted users for the container; determine duration parameters for the container, wherein the duration parameter comprise a time duration during which the container may be accessed; determine a fingerprint of the container, the fingerprint being a record of the container for comparison to the container at a later time; generate the container with the access parameters, duration parameters, and fingerprint; monitor the container for compliance with the access parameters, duration parameters, and fingerprint; and apply a consequence when the container is not in compliance with the access parameters, duration parameters, or fingerprint.
9,430,474, "Automated multimedia content recognition," assigned to Microsoft.
An automated content recognition system accurately and reliably generates content identification information for multimedia content without accessing the multimedia content or a reliable source of the multimedia content. The system receives content-based queries having fingerprints of multimedia content. The system compares the individual queries to one another to match queries and thereby form query clusters that correspond to the same multimedia content. The system aggregates identification information from the queries in a cluster to generate reliable content identification information from otherwise unreliable identification information.