Patents Examined by Cristina Owen Sherr
  • Patent number: 7149721
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for creating a license defining permissions to use electronic content. The methods include selecting a plurality of habitat types, each an aspect of a user environment to which a license can be bound, the selection based on input from a retail customer; determining one or more habitat values and relations for each selected type; and creating a license to use the electronic content, the license including an and-or logic expression of habitat terms, each term containing one of the selected types and its set of corresponding values and relations. Each habitat term may include a key for decrypting or unlocking the electronic content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard L. Sites, James D. Pravetz
  • Patent number: 7082413
    Abstract: A system and method for enabling authorized music from a CD or DVD to be compressed by a user for the user's own use, but to prevent the recompression of unauthorized music from, e.g., the Internet, includes hashing the music during recording with a cryptographic hash, and then signing the hash with a digital signature derived from the hash. Subsequent unauthorized compression and recompression will destroy the digital signature. Accordingly, music to be recorded is hashed to obtain a test digital signature and if, after hashing, the test digital signature matches the digital signature accompanying the music, compression and recording are allowed to proceed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alan Edward Bell, Jeffrey Bruce Lotspiech
  • Patent number: 7069247
    Abstract: An improved system is provided for authentication of mail pieces bearing bar-coded indicia. The system comprises first and second bar-code readers, the first and second bar-code readers differing in that the first bar-code reader has a lower rate of successful reading of bar-coded indicia than the second bar-code reader. The system collates a mail piece bearing an indicium in a second paper path in the event of a successful reading of the bar-coded indicium by said first bar-code reader, and collates mail pieces in a third paper path in the event of an unsuccessful reading of the bar-coded indicium by the first bar-code reader. The third paper path leads to the second bar-code reader, and the system collates mail pieces in a fourth paper path in the event of a successful reading of the bar-coded indicium by the second bar-code reader. The system collates mail pieces in a fifth paper path in the event of an unsuccessful reading of the bar-coded indicium by the second bar-code reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Ascom Hasler Mailing Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl Oppedahl
  • Patent number: 7047202
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for users to search networks, both their own network and their peers' networks, all under the umbrella of a “multiple level access” security system. The present invention has been designed to optimize networking capabilities among users in a comprehensive online community. Networking among such a secured environment will allow users an opportunity to enhance their networking potential by expanding their networks to their peers' and beyond. A user registers with the online community and personally adds individuals that they know to their personal networking database. While adding these peers to the networking database, the user grants a specific level of access to each individual. This security measure is devised to discourage solicitation from other unwanted online users. The levels of access give the user an opportunity to control the amount of personal information, including contacts that they make, available to their individual peers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventors: Amit Jaipuria, Pradeep Jaipuria
  • Patent number: 7043459
    Abstract: A Metering Billing and Information Solutions (“MBIS”) system for metering electricity usage and processing associated information includes an automated meter which electronically communicates metering information to a data processing system. The data processing system then appropriately calculates an electric bill using the metering information received from the meter. Additionally, the data processing system electronically stores the metering, billing, and other appropriate consumer account information. The MBIS system also includes an information system, which can be used by a consumer to remotely access the information stored by the data processing system. A payment system is also included in the MBIS system to facilitate electronic payment by a consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Constellation Energy Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael R. Peevey
  • Patent number: 6904415
    Abstract: An apparatus for importing and exporting computer based configuration data to and from text based files in which part of the data is encrypted for confidentiality. The apparatus allows the resulting text file to be selectively edited prior to an import, providing for flexibility on behalf of system administrators without compromising the security of encrypted data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventors: James E. Krahn, David K. Poole, Jody L. Terrill
  • Patent number: 6381590
    Abstract: A remote postage meter resetting system includes apparatus for sending a request to recharge the postage meter by the postage recharge amount together with first data indicative of a first user prepaid postage account resident in a prepaid postage account data base having a plurality of prepaid postage accounts; and a data center including apparatus for receiving from the sending apparatus the first data together with the request to recharge the postage meter by the postage recharge amount; a line of credit database having a plurality of lines of credit each of which is associated with at least one of the plurality of prepaid postage accounts; a computer, in communication with the receiving apparatus, which is programmed to 1 ) obtain the first data and the postage recharge amount from the receiving apparatus, and 2) communicate with the prepaid postage account data base to determine if sufficient funds are in the first user prepaid postage account to cover the cost of the postage recharge amount, wherein at
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Elise R. Debois