Patents Examined by Salvatore Cangialosi
  • Patent number: 7519558
    Abstract: A system for remote data acquisition and private and secure and authenticated, centralized processing and storage is disclosed called the DataTreasury™ Repository System. The DataTreasury™ Repository System provides a secure system for the storage and retrieval of data comprising personal information, financial information, and general information. The identity of the users are held private through the use of a biometric as the sole personal identifier. The system acquires transactional data at at least one remote locations, encrypts the data, transmits the encrypted data to a central location, transforms the data to a usable form, performs identification verification using biometric data, generates informative reports from the data and transmits the informative reports to the remote location(s), while maintaining privacy, security, and authenticity of the user's data and biometric. To ensure the complete security of the system, all data is re-encrypted while in storage, or when it is in a state of nonuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventors: Claudio R. Ballard, Amarish Pathak, Michael T. Imbruce, Edward H. Currie, James Cassata, Maurice N. Freedman
  • Patent number: 7224987
    Abstract: A system and method for providing location information associated with a location owner to location consumers. A location server includes an owner profile for controlling access to the owner's location information. The owner profile contains information describing a user-defined geographic area. In response to a location consumer requesting the location owner's location information, the location server obtains data describing a current location of the location owner. The server determines if the current location falls within a set of boundaries that defines the user-defined geographic area. If the current location falls within a set of boundaries that defines the user-defined geographic area, the location server transmits the location information to the requesting location consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Harvinder S. Bhela, Stephen L. Lawler, Rajesh M. Rao
  • Patent number: 7215658
    Abstract: Apparatus, and associated method, for facilitating use of an antenna assembly forming a portion of a communication station, such as a node of a wireless mesh network. Antenna information is determined and stored at a routing table of the node. The antenna information is combined with an IP address or other identifier of another node to which a data packet is to be communicated. The antenna information is utilized to define characteristics to be exhibited by the antenna assembly to best facilitate communication of the data packet between the nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Ari Alastalo, Mika Kasslin, Pekka Soininen
  • Patent number: 7191155
    Abstract: An LA (License Agent) (or a license chip having the same function as the LA) is disposed in a PC (Personal Computer), a content distribution server, and a medium attached to a PD (Private Device or Portable Device) that use a license for electronic data. A content and electronic data are encrypted corresponding to a license. The encrypted content and electronic data are distributed among them. However, the license is distributed between the LAs as safe communication means. Thus, the license can be correctly managed and transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Hidefumi Maruyama, Takahisa Hatakeyama, Takayuki Hasebe, Tetsuhiro Chiba
  • Patent number: 7158639
    Abstract: Described herein is one or more implementations that generate a single key from a set of encrypted keys, which set is associated with a unique data subset of a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Josh D. Benaloh
  • Patent number: 7127066
    Abstract: A limited-use Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) includes a storage layer for storing content data and control key data. At least one mark of photosensitive dye is disposed on the disc exterior to the storage layer and over at least a portion of the control key data. In one embodiment, the mark is initially transparent to allow a DVD player to read the control key data. The mark changes from clear to become opaque when it is exposed to DVD reader laser light for a cumulative period of time. This change in the optical property of the mark and the configuration of the control key data prevents further reading of the content data after predetermined reading and playback usage of at least some of the content data is permitted. In another embodiment, the mark is initially opaque to initially prevent the successful reading of the control key data, and permanently changes to transparent when exposed to DVD reader laser light for a cumulative period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Now Showing Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Merrill Solomon, Ralph LaBarge, Bhaskar Venepalli
  • Patent number: 7116781
    Abstract: A digital watermarking method receives multimedia data, such as images or audio, in compressed or uncompressed form, and extracts a digital watermark while counteracting geometric distortions. To counteract geometric distortion, a watermark reading process translates the data before extracting the digital watermark. The reading process operates on compressed data such as JPEG or MPEG images, which are comprised of compressed blocks of image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: Geoffrey B. Rhoads
  • Patent number: 7117523
    Abstract: A book on-demand system having reading data for reading book contents and printing and bookbinding data for printing and bookbinding on the server thereof and also having a function to transmit the reading data to a reading device via a network at a user's request and also transmit the printing and bookbinding data to a printing and bookbinding device, wherein the server separately handles reading charge data concerning a reading charge applied to reading data transmission and printing and bookbinding charge data concerning a printing and bookbinding charge applied to printing and bookbinding processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Seitaro Kasahara, Mitsuo Motohashi, Masahiko Kamei, Yuichi Atarashi
  • Patent number: 7113596
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an identification document for a subject. The identification document includes a substrate, and a visual image formed on the substrate. The visual image includes a face image of the subject in a first area, and invisible but retrievable embedded information formed in the face image in the first area but not formed in a second area of the visual image. The embedded information corresponds to the identity of the subject and is usable to identify the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: Geoffrey B. Rhoads
  • Patent number: 7111168
    Abstract: A variety of systems responsive to watermarked documents are detailed. In one, watermarking is employed to facilitate secure online transactions. In another, a system for exchanging data is provided. One system includes a user terminal and a central site. The user terminal includes a watermark reader, and a capture device to capture an image of a watermarked document. The central site includes a database of image hashes. The user terminal communicates with the central site. The watermark reader reads a watermark and computes a hash of a captured image, and passes the hash to the central site for comparison with the database of image hashes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Lofgren, Phillip Andrew Seder, Brian T. MacIntosh
  • Patent number: 7107052
    Abstract: A communication network having at least one access point supports wireless communication among a plurality of wireless roaming devices via a first and a second wireless channel. The access point comprises a first and a second transceiver. The first and second transceivers operate on the first and second wireless channels, respectively. Each of the plurality of wireless roaming devices are capable of communicating on the first and second wireless channel. In one embodiment, the first wireless channel is used to exchange data, while the second channel is used to manage such exchanges as well as access to the first channel. In an alternate embodiment, both channels are used to support communication flow, however the first channel supports a protocol that is more deterministic than that of the second channel. Allocation of ones of the plurality of wireless roaming devices from one channel to the next may occur per direction from the access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald L. Mahany
  • Patent number: 7099846
    Abstract: A user who repeatedly purchases the same electronic content is entitled to receive a discount price for the additional purchases. This is accomplished by establishing an “Accounting History” of accounting information that is prepared when the electronic content is repurchased. The price of the repurchased electronic content is set to “Discount Price,” which is less than the original price at which the electronic content was purchased for the first time. Since accounts are settled based on the accounting information with “Accounting History” set to “Discount Price,” the user who is purchasing the same content again can buy it at a discount price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihito Ishibashi, Shinako Matsuyama, Tateo Oishi, Akihiro Muto
  • Patent number: 7092908
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of encouraging distribution, registration, and purchase of free copyable software and other digital information which is accessed on a User's System via a Programmer's Program. Software tools which can be incorporated into a Programmer's Program allow the User to access Advanced Features of the Programmer's Program only in the presence of a valid Password which is unique to a particular Target ID generated on an ID-Target such as the User's System. Advanced features will thus relock if the Password is copied to another ID-target. If a valid Password is not present, the User is invited to obtain one, and provided with the means of doing so, and of installing that Password in a place accessible to the User's System on subsequent occasions. The present invention also provides Programmers with means to invoke business operations as well as computational operations with their programs, and thus to automatically obtain payment from Users who elect to obtain passwords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: SL Patent Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Schull
  • Patent number: 7092385
    Abstract: A session initiation protocol (SIP) server adds billing and authentication information to conventional SIP messages used in establishing call transfers. This additional information is later verified by a SIP server and used to enable advanced billing and fraud protection features for call transfers in a SIP telecommunications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: MCI, LLC
    Inventors: John Kenneth Gallant, Kathleen A. McMurry, Mariafranca Gregorat
  • Patent number: 7089212
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of encouraging distribution, registration, and purchase of free copyable software and other digital information which is accessed on a User's System via a Programmer's Program. Software tools which can be incorporated into a Programmer's Program allow the User to access Advanced Features of the Programmer's Program only in the presence of a valid Password which is unique to a particular Target ID generated on an ID-Target such as the User's System. Advanced features will thus re-lock if the Password is copied to another ID-target. If a valid Password is not present, the User is invited to obtain one, and provided with the means of doing so, and of installing that Password in a place accessible to the User's System on subsequent occasions. The present invention also provides Programmers with means to invoke business operations as well as computational operations with their programs, and thus to automatically obtain payment from Users who elect to obtain passwords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: SL Patent Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Schull
  • Patent number: 7085743
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of encouraging distribution, registration, and purchase of free copyable software and other digital information which is accessed on a User's System via a Programmer's Program. Software tools which can be incorporated into a Programmer's Program allow the User to access Advanced Features of the Programmer's Program only in the presence of a valid Password which is unique to a particular Target ID generated on an ID-Target such as the User's System. Advanced features will thus re-lock if the Password is copied to another ID-target. If a valid Password is not present, the User is invited to obtain one, and provided with the means of doing so, and of installing that Password in a place accessible to the User's System on subsequent occasions. The present invention also provides Programmers with means to invoke business operations as well as computational operations with their programs, and thus to automatically obtain payment from Users who elect to obtain passwords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: SL Patent Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Schull
  • Patent number: 7069248
    Abstract: Method with which a mobile user can confirm a transaction with a service provider, in which: an offer of said service provider is reproduced with the mobile device of said mobile user, said mobile user selects said offer with input means of his mobile device, a transaction confirmation is automatically forwarded from said mobile device to an authentication server, a plurality of transactions between different mobile users and different service providers being stored in said authentication server, and said service provider retrieves said confirmation from said authentication server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Swisscom Mobile AG
    Inventor: Adriano Huber
  • Patent number: 7065508
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of encouraging distribution, registration, and purchase of free copyable software and other digital information which is accessed on a User's System via a Programmer's Program. Software tools which can be incorporated into a Programmer's Program allow the User to access Advanced Features of the Programmer's Program only in the presence of a valid Password which is unique to a particular Target ID generated on an ID-Target such as the User's System. Advanced features will thus re-lock if the Password is copied to another ID-target. If a valid Password is not present, the User is invited to obtain one, and provided with the means of doing so, and of installing that Password in a place accessible to the User's System on subsequent occasions. The present invention also provides Programmers with means to invoke business operations as well as computational operations with their programs, and thus to automatically obtain payment from Users who elect to obtain passwords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: SL Patent Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Schull
  • Patent number: 7062472
    Abstract: Computer-based methods and systems are provided for constructing, deploying, executing and managing the performance of electronic contract based service applications across multiple business entities. In this context, the electronic service contract includes information to be used for configuration and enforcement not just by the primary parties to the contract, but also by other parties referred to herein as sponsored roles in the contract. At least a portion of the contract may be monitored, enforced or managed by at least one of the sponsored roles. In one aspect of the invention, a computer-based electronic business service system includes: (1) a contract builder; (2) a contract deployment component; (3) one or more measurement systems; (4) a violation detection system; and (5) a management system. Generally, the contract builder component provides the mechanism for defining and pricing the contract, checking the validity of the contract and a repository for storing the completed contracts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Asit Dan, Gautam Kar, Alexander Keller, Heiko Hary Ludwig
  • Patent number: RE39319
    Abstract: A copy prevention method and apparatus for a digital video system is disclosed including the steps of: (a) adding a header area of a header start code and key field to a reproduced bit stream: stream; (b) decrypting and transmitting the bit stream to which the header area is added: added; (c) detecting a key field of the decrypted and transmitted bit stream and detecting copy prevention information; and (d) encrypting the bit stream according to information detected from stop step (c) and optionally recording it an on a tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Tae Joon Park