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 Bragi (DE), the first application discloses an earpiece with Digital Rights Management. Assigned to Orange (FR), the second application discloses techniques for obtaining of access rights to a network, implemented by a communicating object.
20180011994, "Earpiece with Digital Rights Management," assigned to Bragi GmbH (DE).
A wireless earpiece for digital rights management is provided. The wireless earpiece includes a processor disposed within the ear piece housing, a speaker operatively connected to the processor, a storage medium disposed within the ear piece housing and operatively connected to the processor, and a wireless transceiver disposed within the ear piece housing and operatively connected to the processor. The processor may be configured to access audio files stored on the storage medium to play the audio files over the speaker. The processor may be configured to provide a digital rights management feature for one or more of the audio files. The processor may be further configured to access an audio stream conveyed to the earpiece through the wireless transceiver. The processor may be further configured to provide a digital rights management for the audio stream.
20180007542, "Obtaining of access rights to a network, implemented by a communicating object," assigned to Orange (FR).
A method performed by a communicating object to obtain rights to access a communications network. The object initially has rights limited to exchanging data with a rights management platform of the network. The method includes: sending a signaling message to the platform; and receiving a communications profile specific to the network. The profile is associated in the network with rights specific to the object, referred to as "delegated" rights. The delegated rights are defined on the basis of network access rights associated with a user of the object and referred to as "initial" rights. The delegated rights are suitable for enabling the communicating object to access the communications network.