New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Both of this week's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to eBay, the first application discloses techniques for digital rights and integrity management in three-dimensional (3D) printing. Assigned to Adobe, the second application discloses techniques for digital rights management using geographic and temporal traits.
20170178212, "Digital rights and integrity management in three-dimensional (3D) printing," assigned to eBay.
Systems, methods and media for managing digital rights and pre-verification of structural integrity in three-dimensional (3D) printing are provided. In one example, a system comprises at least one module, executing on one or more computer processors, to receive a request from a user to print a 3D object by a 3D printer or printing service and receive a conditional authorization from an owner of digital rights in the 3D object to print the 3D object. The conditional authorization can include a printing specification or limitation. The at least one module pre-verifies, for structural integrity once printed by the 3D printer or printing service, a digital model on which the 3D object is based. In response to a received conditional authorization, the at least one module transmits instructions to the 3D printer or printing service to print the 3D object.
20170177886, "Digital rights management using geographic and temporal traits," assigned to Adobe.
Digital rights management using geographic and temporal traits is described. In one or more implementations, a digital medium environment is configured to control access to at least on item of content by digital rights management functionality embedded as part of the content. Data is collected describing geographical traits of a location or temporal traits associated with a request received from the user to access the content. A determination is made from the data using a digital rights management module embedded as part of the content as to whether the geographical or temporal traits meet specified traits of a geographical behavior of a digital rights management policy enforced by the digital rights management module for the at least one item of the content. Responsive to a determination that the specified traits are met, access is permitted to the least one item of the content by the embedded digital rights management module.