New patents are issued by the USPTO on Tuesdays. Today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital watermarking. Assigned to Wistaria Trading (BM), the first patent addresses techniques for packet watermarking and efficient provisioning of bandwidth. [Hi Scott]. Assigned to TruePic, the second patent addresses techniques for authenticating photographic image data.
10,735,437, "Methods, systems and devices for packet watermarking and efficient provisioning of bandwidth," assigned to Wistaria Trading Ltd BM).
Disclosed herein are methods and systems for transmitting streams of data. The present invention also relates to generating packet watermarks and packet watermark keys. The present invention also relates to a computerized system for packaging data for transmission to a user. The system may utilize computer code to generate a bandwidth rights certificate that may include: at least one cryptographic credential; routing information for the transmission; and, optionally, a digital signature of a certificate owner; a unique identification code of a certificate owner; a certificate validity period; and pricing information for use of bandwidth. The present invention also relates to an electronic method and system for purchasing good and services by establishing an account whereby a customer is credited with a predetermined amount of bandwidth usage, and then charges are assessed against the account in an amount of bandwidth usage which corresponds to the agreed upon purchase value for the selected item.
10,733,315, "Systems and methods for authenticating photographic image data," assigned to TruePic Inc.
The present disclosure provides systems and methods for authenticating photographic data. In one embodiment, a method comprises providing an image authentication application for use on a client device, the application configured to control image capture and transmission; receiving an image data file from the application at the authentication server comprising a photographic image captured by the application and metadata associated therewith; applying a watermark to the photographic image to create a watermarked image; applying date and time information to the tagged image; applying location information to the tagged image; creating a web address associated with the image data file; uploading the photographic image, the tagged image, or both to the web address; and transmitting an authenticated image file to the client device, the authenticated image file comprising one or more of: the watermarked image, the photographic image, the date and time information, geographic information, and the web address.