New patents are issued on Tuesdays. Today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital fingerprinting. Assigned to Saab (SE), the first patent addresses techniques for authenticating software. Assigned to Grass Valley Limited, the second of today's patents addresses techniques for managing visual content.
10,896,251, "Method for authenticating software," assigned to Saab AB (SE)
The present invention relates to a method for authenticating software. The method comprises defining a set of parameters to use for trace mapping the software, wherein the set of parameters represents the software functionality when executed. The method further comprises: a) creating a trusted fingerprint that is created by trace mapping the software using the set of parameters when executed in a trusted environment; b) creating an operating fingerprint that is created by trace mapping the software using the set of parameters when executed in an operating environment; c) comparing the operating fingerprint with the trusted fingerprint, and identifying any difference between the trusted fingerprint and the operating fingerprint; and d) when said operating fingerprint is non-identical with the trusted fingerprint, initiating predefined action(s) in response to the identified differences between the trusted fingerprint and the operating fingerprint.
10,893,323, "Method and apparatus of managing visual content," assigned to Grass Valley Limited (GB)
A system and method is provided for managing visual content. In one instance, an exemplary method includes receiving a stream of video fingerprints derived in a fingerprint generator by an irreversible data reduction process, from respective temporal regions within a particular visual content stream and at a fingerprint processor that is physically separate from the fingerprint generator via a communication network. The fingerprints are processed in the fingerprint processor to generate metadata which is not directly encoded in the fingerprints. Processing of the fingerprints includes windowing the stream of fingerprints with a time window, deriving frequencies of occurrence of particular fingerprint values or ranges of fingerprint values within each time window, determining statistical moments or entropy values of said frequencies of occurrence, comparing said statistical moments or entropy values with expected values for particular types of content, and generating metadata representing the type of the visual content.