Patents by Inventor Augustin J. Farrugia

Augustin J. Farrugia has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20210319418
    Abstract: One or more user accounts can be linked together to form a group of linked user accounts to access content items assigned to the other user accounts in the group of linked user accounts. Prior to completing a purchase for a content item, a requesting user can be alerted that a member of the group of linked user accounts has access to the content item. Content items assigned to a member of a group of linked user accounts can be downloaded by one or more other members of the group of linked user accounts along with a Digital Rights Management (DRM) key that enables use of the content item. The DRM key can represent the group relationship between the downloading user account and the content owner's user account to which the content item is assigned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Augustin J. Farrugia, Edward T. Schmidt, Gianpaolo Fasoli, Sean B. Kelly
  • Publication number: 20210234939
    Abstract: This application relates to embodiments for providing a content stream to a device from a content server based on a protocol that is established between the device and an account server. The account server can initiate a session with the device and provide the device with a list of channels available for a user account associated with the device. When a channel is selected at the device, conditional access information can be provided from the account server to the device, which can thereafter relay the conditional access information to the content server. The content server can use the conditional access information to verify that the device has the appropriate permission to receive streaming content. In this way, because the conditional access information originates at the account server, permission to access streaming content can be managed by correspondence between the account server and the device, rather than the content server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Inventors: Srinivas VEDULA, Daniel P. CARTER, Gianpaolo FASOLI, Augustin J. FARRUGIA, Eugene JIVOTOVSKI
  • Publication number: 20210125248
    Abstract: An online store can transmit an online account token to an electronic device or to a biometric sensing device after a user successfully enters his or her account password. The electronic device or the biometric sensing device can countersign the online account token when the one or more biometric images match reference biometric images and the account password matches user identifier data stored in the electronic device or in the biometric sensing device. The countersigned online account token can then be transmitted to the online store. The user can then make one or more purchases after the online store receives the countersigned online account token.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Dallas B. De Atley, Augustin J. Farrugia, Byron B. Han, Sean B. Kelly, Craig A. Marciniak, Maxim Khutornenko, Raymond N. Walsh
  • Patent number: 10979529
    Abstract: This application relates to embodiments for providing a content stream to a device from a content server based on a protocol that is established between the device and an account server. The account server can initiate a session with the device and provide the device with a list of channels available for a user account associated with the device. When a channel is selected at the device, conditional access information can be provided from the account server to the device, which can thereafter relay the conditional access information to the content server. The content server can use the conditional access information to verify that the device has the appropriate permission to receive streaming content. In this way, because the conditional access information originates at the account server, permission to access streaming content can be managed by correspondence between the account server and the device, rather than the content server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Srinivas Vedula, Daniel P. Carter, Gianpaolo Fasoli, Augustin J. Farrugia, Eugene Jivotovski
  • Patent number: 10868672
    Abstract: A user device can verify a user's identity to a server while protecting user privacy by not sharing any personal data with any other device. To ensure user privacy and to allow multiple independent enrollments, the user device performs an enrollment process in which the user device locally collects and uses biometric data together with a random salt to generate a set of public/private key pairs from which biometric information cannot be extracted. The public keys and the salt, but not the biometric data, are sent to a server to store. To verify user identity, a user device can repeat the collection of biometric data from the user and the generation of public/private key pairs using the salt obtained from the server. If the device can prove to the server its possession of at least a minimum number of correct private keys, the user's identity can be verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Augustin J. Farrugia, Ritwik K. Kumar, Gianpaolo Fasoli, Mathieu Ciet, Bruno Kindarji, Eric D. Friedman, Gianluca Barbieri, Lucas O. Winstrom
  • Publication number: 20200302133
    Abstract: A device implementing a system for authenticating an identity document includes at least one processor configured to receive, from a service provider, a request associated with verifying an integrity of an identity document, and capture, responsive to receiving the request, image data of the identity document. The at least one processor is further configured to generate a representation based on the image data, the representation comprising form factor data of the identity document, and compare the representation with a prior representation of the identity document, the prior representation comprising prior form factor data of the identity document. The at least one processor is further configured to provide, to the service provider, a response to the request based on comparing the representation with the prior representation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Mathieu CIET, Bruno BENTEO, Michael MOUCHOUS, Augustin J. FARRUGIA
  • Publication number: 20200213296
    Abstract: A device implementing a system for using a verified claim of identity includes at least one processor configured to send, to a service provider, a request for a service provided by the service provider. The at least one processor may be further configured to receive, from the service provider and in response to the sending, a request for a verified claim, the verified claim comprising plural data fields to identify a user of a device and being a digital certificate signed by a server, the verified claim being associated with to the device. The at least one processor may be further configured to, in response to the receiving, determine a confidence assessment for the verified claim based on a comparison between the plural data fields in the verified claim and corresponding data locally-stored on a device, and send the confidence assessment and the verified claim to the service provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Rupamay SAHA, Brandon K. LEVENTHAL, Christopher SHARP, Vishnu JANARDHANAN PILLAI, Gianpaolo FASOLI, Augustin J. FARRUGIA
  • Publication number: 20200213302
    Abstract: A device implementing a system for using a verified claim of identity includes at least one processor configured to receive a verified claim including information to identify a user of a device, the verified claim being signed by a server based on verification of the information by an identity verification provider separate from the server, the verified claim being specific to the device. The at least one processor is further configured to send, to a service provider, a request for a service provided by the service provider, and receive, from the service provider and in response to the sending, a request for the verified claim. The at least one processor is further configured to send, in response to the receiving, the verified claim to the service provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Rupamay SAHA, Brandon K. LEVENTHAL, Christopher SHARP, Vishnu JANARDHANAN PILLAI, Gianpaolo FASOLI, Augustin J. FARRUGIA
  • Publication number: 20200213294
    Abstract: A device implementing the subject system may include a processor configured to send, to a service provider, a request for a service provided by the service provider. The processor may be further configured to receive, in response to sending the request for the service, a request for a verified claim, the verified claim comprising first information to identify a user of a device and being a digital certificate signed by a server, the verified claim being associated with the device. The processor may be further configured to send, in response to receiving the request for the verified claim, the verified claim to the service provider, and receive a request for second information to identify the user, the second information being different than the first information, the request for the second information being based on a determination that the first information is not sufficient to identify the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Rupamay SAHA, Brandon K. LEVENTHAL, Christopher SHARP, Vishnu JANARDHANAN PILLAI, Gianpaolo FASOLI, Augustin J. FARRUGIA
  • Publication number: 20200213295
    Abstract: A device implementing a system for using a verified claim of identity includes at least one processor configured to receive a first request to revoke a verified claim, the verified claim comprising information to identify a user of a device, wherein the verified claim includes a hardware reference key of the device, and wherein the hardware reference key is a public key of a public-private key pair, a corresponding private key of which is securely stored on the device. The at least one processor may be further configured to in response to receiving the request, send, to the device, a second request to revoke the verified claim on the device, and add the verified claim to a revocation list.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Rupamay SAHA, Brandon K. LEVENTHAL, Christopher SHARP, Vishnu JANARDHANAN PILLAI, Gianpaolo FASOLI, Augustin J. FARRUGIA
  • Publication number: 20200213311
    Abstract: A device implementing a system for using a verified claim of identity may include at least one processor configured to receive a response vector corresponding to a verified claim of a user of a device, the verified claim comprising plural data fields to identify the user and being a digital certificate signed by a server, the verified claim being associated with the device, the response vector comprising, for each field of the plural data fields, a confidence score indicating a likelihood that the field is accurate. The at least one processor may be further configured to receive, from the device, a request for a service, determine, in response to receiving the request, that service is to be provided to the device based on the response vector and the verified claim, and provide the service to the device based on the determining.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Rupamay SAHA, Brandon K. LEVENTHAL, Christopher SHARP, Vishnu JANARDHANAN PILLAI, Gianpaolo FASOLI, Augustin J. FARRUGIA
  • Publication number: 20200097638
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for determining whether a subscription for using digital content on a user device has elapsed. The method compares a first collision free image of a first set of entities in the user device with a second collision free image for a second set of entities in the user device at a second instance in time. Based on the comparison, the method determines whether the subscription has elapsed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Augustin J. FARRUGIA, Gianpaolo FASOLI
  • Patent number: 10599873
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for rate-limiting a message-sending client interacting with a message service based on dynamically calculated risk assessments of the probability that the client is, or is not, a sender of a spam messages. The message service sends a proof of work problem to a sending client device with a difficulty level that is related to a risk assessment that the client is a sender of spam messages. The message system limits the rate at which a known or suspected spammer can send messages by giving the known or suspected spammer client harder proof of work problems to solve, while minimizing the burden on normal users of the message system by given them easier proof of work problems to solve that can typically be solved by the client within the time that it takes to type a message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lucas O. Winstrom, Eric D. Friedman, Ritwik K. Kumar, Jeremy M. Stober, Amol V. Pattekar, Benoit Chevallier-Mames, Julien Lerouge, Gianpaolo Fasoli, Augustin J. Farrugia, Mathieu Ciet
  • Patent number: 10586260
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a unique (or quasi unique) identifier can be received by an application store, or other on-line store, and the store can create a signed receipt that includes data desired from the unique identifier. This signed receipt is then transmitted to a device that is running the application obtained from the on-line store and the device can verify the receipt by deriving the unique (or quasi-unique) identifier from the signed receipt and comparing the derived identifier with the device identifier stored on the device, or the vendor identifier assigned to the application vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Matthieu Alsina, Scott T. Boyd, Michael Kuohao Chu, Augustin J. Farrugia, Gianpaolo Fasoli, Patrice O. Gautier, Sean B. Kelly, Payam Mirrashidi, Pedraum Pardehpoosh, Conrad Sauerwald, Kenneth W. Scott, Rajit Shinh, Braden Jacob Thomas, Andrew R. Whalley
  • Patent number: 10574458
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a content-distribution system for distributing content under a variety of different basis. For instance, in some embodiments, the content-distribution system distributes device-restricted content and device-unrestricted content. Device-restricted content is content that can only be played on devices that the system associates with the particular user. Device-unrestricted content is content that can be played on any device without any restrictions. However, for at least one operation or service other than playback, device-unrestricted content has to be authenticated before this operation or service can be performed on the content. In some embodiments, the system facilitates this authentication by specifying a verification parameter for a piece of device-unrestricted content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Augustin J. Farrugia, Gianpaolo Fasoli, Bertrand Mollinier Toublet, Mathieu Ciet
  • Publication number: 20200047865
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a unique (or quasi unique) identifier can be received by an application store, or other on-line store, and the store can create a signed receipt that includes data desired from the unique identifier. This signed receipt is then transmitted to a device that is running the application obtained from the on-line store and the device can verify the receipt by deriving the unique (or quasi-unique) identifier from the signed receipt and comparing the derived identifier with the device identifier stored on the device, or the vendor identifier assigned to the application vendor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Matthieu Alsina, Scott T. Boyd, Michael Kuohao Chu, Augustin J. Farrugia, Gianpaolo Fasoli, Patrice O. Gautier, Sean B. Kelly, Payam Mirrashidi, Pedraum Pardehpoosh, Conrad Sauerwald, Kenneth W. Scott, Rajit Shinh, Braden Jacob Thomas, Andrew R. Whalley
  • Patent number: 10528705
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for determining whether a subscription for using digital content on a user device has elapsed. The method compares a first collision free image of a first set of entities in the user device with a second collision free image for a second set of entities in the user device at a second instance in time. Based on the comparison, the method determines whether the subscription has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Augustin J. Farrugia, Gianpaolo Fasoli
  • Publication number: 20190364132
    Abstract: This application relates to embodiments for providing a content stream to a device from a content server based on a protocol that is established between the device and an account server. The account server can initiate a session with the device and provide the device with a list of channels available for a user account associated with the device. When a channel is selected at the device, conditional access information can be provided from the account server to the device, which can thereafter relay the conditional access information to the content server. The content server can use the conditional access information to verify that the device has the appropriate permission to receive streaming content. In this way, because the conditional access information originates at the account server, permission to access streaming content can be managed by correspondence between the account server and the device, rather than the content server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Srinivas VEDULA, Daniel P. CARTER, Gianpaolo FASOLI, Augustin J. FARRUGIA, Eugene JIVOTOVSKI
  • Publication number: 20190297369
    Abstract: A video on demand system in the context of the Internet, for video rentals. A user accesses an on-line store to rent a video program or movie. The rental is for a limited time (such as 30 days) and within that thirty days, the video program or movie can only be viewed for a 24 hour time window. The time limits are enforced by the on-line store which maintains a database of each rental transaction and allows supply of the needed keys for decrypting the (encrypted) video or movie only if within the time limits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Augustin J. FARRUGIA, Jeffrey ROBBIN, Hiro MITSUJI, Mihailo DESPOTOVIC, Colin MELDRUM
  • Patent number: 10423763
    Abstract: User accounts can be linked together to form a group of linked user accounts that can access content items assigned to the other user accounts in the group. A user can download content items assigned to their user account, as well as shared content items assigned to one of the other user accounts in the group of linked user accounts. Use of shared content items can be restricted to client devices running specified versions of an operating system. The key ID tagged to a shared content item can be altered such that the key ID no longer correctly identifies the corresponding DRM key that enables use of the shared content item. Client devices authorized to use shared content items can be configured to recognize that a content item is a shared content item and generate the original key ID form the altered key ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gianpaolo Fasoli, Apoorva Govind, Augustin J. Farrugia, Raffi T. Khatchadourian