Patents by Inventor Francis J. Spahn

Francis J. Spahn 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).

  • Patent number: 9195845
    Abstract: Documents and other items can be delivered electronically from sender to recipient with a level of trustedness approaching or exceeding that provided by a personal document courier. A trusted electronic go-between can validate, witness and/or archive transactions while, in some cases, actively participating in or directing the transaction. Printed or imaged documents can be marked using handwritten signature images, seal images, electronic fingerprinting, watermarking, and/or steganography. Electronic commercial transactions and transmissions take place in a reliable, “trusted” virtual distribution environment that provides significant efficiency and cost savings benefits to users in addition to providing an extremely high degree of confidence and trustedness. The systems and techniques have many uses including but not limited to secure document delivery, execution of legal documents, and electronic data interchange (EDI).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Publication number: 20140380408
    Abstract: An integrated, modular array of administrative and support services are provided for electronic commerce and electronic rights and transaction management. These administrative and support services supply a secure foundation for conducting transaction-related capabilities over electronic networks, and can also be adapted to the specific needs of electronic commerce value chains. In one embodiment a Distributed Commerce Utility having a secure, programmable, distributed architecture provides these administrative and support services. The Distributed Commerce Utility may comprise a number of Commerce Utility Systems. These Commerce Utility Systems provide a web of infrastructure support available to, and reusable by, the entire electronic community and/or many of its participants. Different support functions can be collected together in hierarchical and/or networked relationships to suit various business models or other objectives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Publication number: 20140230010
    Abstract: Documents and other items can be delivered electronically from sender to recipient with a level of trustedness approaching or exceeding that provided by a personal document courier. A trusted electronic go-between can validate, witness and/or archive transactions while, in some cases, actively participating in or directing the transaction. Printed or imaged documents can be marked using handwritten signature images, seal images, electronic fingerprinting, watermarking, and/or steganography. Electronic commercial transactions and transmissions take place in a reliable, “trusted” virtual distribution environment that provides significant efficiency and cost savings benefits to users in addition to providing an extremely high degree of confidence and trustedness. The systems and techniques have many uses including but not limited to secure document delivery, execution of legal documents, and electronic data interchange (EDI).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Patent number: 8751793
    Abstract: The present inventions provide an integrated, modular array of administrative and support services for electronic commerce and electronic rights and transaction management. These administrative and support services supply a secure foundation for conducting financial management, rights management, certificate authority, rules clearing, usage clearing, secure directory services, and other transaction related capabilities functioning over a vast electronic network such as the Internet and/or over organization internal Intranets. These administrative and support services can be adapted to the specific needs of electronic commerce value chains. Electronic commerce participants can use these administrative and support services to support their interests, and can shape and reuse these services in response to competitive business realities. A Distributed Commerce Utility having a secure, programmable, distributed architecture provides administrative and support services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Publication number: 20140143889
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for electronic commerce including secure transaction management and electronic rights protection. Electronic appliances such as computers employed in accordance with the present disclosure help to ensure that information is accessed and used only in authorized ways, and maintain the integrity, availability, and/or confidentiality of the information. Secure subsystems used with such electronic appliances provide a distributed virtual distribution environment that may enforce a secure chain of handling and control, for example, to control and/or meter or otherwise monitor use of electronically stored or disseminated information. Secure distributed and other operating system environments and architectures, employing, for example, secure semiconductor processing arrangements that may establish secure, protected environments at each node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, W. Olin Sibert, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie
  • Patent number: 8677507
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for secure transaction management and electronic rights protection. Electronic appliances such as computers equipped in accordance with the present invention help to ensure that information is accessed and used only in authorized ways, and maintain the integrity, availability, and/or confidentiality of the information. Such electronic appliances provide a distributed virtual distribution environment (VDE) that may enforce a secure chain of handling and control, for example, to control and/or meter or otherwise monitor use of electronically stored or disseminated information. Such a virtual distribution environment may be used to protect rights of various participants in electronic commerce and other electronic or electronic-facilitated transactions. Distributed and other operating systems, environments and architectures, such as, for example, those using tamper-resistant hardware-based processors, may establish security at each node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie
  • Patent number: 8639625
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for electronic commerce including secure transaction management and electronic rights protection. Electronic appliances such as computers employed in accordance with the present invention help to ensure that information is accessed and used only in authorized ways, and maintain the integrity, availability, and/or confidentiality of the information. Secure subsystems used with such electronic appliances provide a distributed virtual distribution environment (VDE) that may enforce a secure chain of handling and control, for example, to control and/or meter or otherwise monitor use of electronically stored or disseminated information. Such a virtual distribution environment may be used to protect rights of various participants in electronic commerce and other electronic or electronic-facilitated transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, W. Olin Sibert, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie
  • Patent number: 8590056
    Abstract: An integrated, modular array of administrative and support services are provided for electronic commerce and electronic rights and transaction management. These administrative and support services supply a secure foundation for conducting transaction-related capabilities over electronic networks, and can also be adapted to the specific needs of electronic commerce value chains. In one embodiment a Distributed Commerce Utility having a secure, programmable, distributed architecture provides these administrative and support services. The Distributed Commerce Utility may comprise a number of Commerce Utility Systems. These Commerce Utility Systems provide a web of infrastructure support available to, and reusable by, the entire electronic community and/or many of its participants. Different support functions can be collected together in hierarchical and/or networked relationships to suit various business models or other objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Patent number: 8572411
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for secure transaction management and electronic rights protection. Electronic appliances such as computers equipped in accordance with the present invention help to ensure that information is accessed and used only in authorized ways, and maintain the integrity, availability, and/or confidentiality of the information. Such electronic appliances provide a distributed virtual distribution environment (VDE) that may enforce a secure chain of handling and control, for example, to control and/or meter or otherwise monitor use of electronically stored or disseminated information. Such a virtual distribution environment may be used to protect rights of various participants in electronic commerce and other electronic or electronic-facilitated transactions. Distributed and other operating systems, environments and architectures, such as, for example, those using tamper-resistant hardware-based processors, may establish security at each node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie
  • Patent number: 8543842
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for secure transaction management and electronic rights protection. Electronic appliances such as computers equipped in accordance with the present invention help to ensure that information is accessed and used only in authorized ways, and maintain the integrity, availability, and/or confidentiality of the information. Such electronic appliances provide a distributed virtual distribution environment (VDE) that may enforce a secure chain of handling and control, for example, to control and/or meter or otherwise monitor use of electronically stored or disseminated information. Such a virtual distribution environment may be used to protect rights of various participants in electronic commerce and other electronic or electronic-facilitated transactions. Distributed and other operating systems, environments and architectures, such as, for example, those using tamper-resistant hardware-based processors, may establish security at each node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie
  • Patent number: 8533851
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for electronic commerce including secure transaction management and electronic rights protection. Electronic appliances such as computers employed in accordance with the present invention help to ensure that information is accessed and used only in authorized ways, and maintain the integrity, availability, and/or confidentiality of the information. Secure subsystems used with such electronic appliances provide a distributed virtual distribution environment (VDE) that may enforce a secure chain of handling and control, for example, to control and/or meter or otherwise monitor use of electronically stored or disseminated information. Such a virtual distribution environment may be used to protect rights of various participants in electronic commerce and other electronic or electronic-facilitated transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, W. Olin Sibert, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie
  • Patent number: 8533854
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for secure transaction management and electronic rights protection. Electronic appliances such as computers equipped in accordance with the present invention help to ensure that information is accessed and used only in authorized ways, and maintain the integrity, availability, and/or confidentiality of the information. Such electronic appliances provide a distributed virtual distribution environment (VDE) that may enforce a secure chain of handling and control, for example, to control and/or meter or otherwise monitor use of electronically stored or disseminated information. Such a virtual distribution environment may be used to protect rights of various participants in electronic commerce and other electronic or electronic-facilitated transactions. Distributed and other operating systems, environments and architectures, such as, for example, those using tamper-resistant hardware-based processors, may establish security at each node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie
  • Patent number: 8528097
    Abstract: Documents and other items can be delivered electronically from sender to recipient with a level of trustedness approaching or exceeding that provided by a personal document courier. A trusted electronic go-between can validate, witness and/or archive transactions while, in some cases, actively participating in or directing the transaction. Printed or imaged documents can be marked using handwritten signature images, seal images, electronic fingerprinting, watermarking, and/or steganography. Electronic commercial transactions and transmissions take place in a reliable, “trusted” virtual distribution environment that provides significant efficiency and cost savings benefits to users in addition to providing an extremely high degree of confidence and trustedness. The systems and techniques have many uses including but not limited to secure document delivery, execution of legal documents, and electronic data interchange (EDI).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Patent number: 8464077
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for secure transaction management and electronic rights protection. Electronic appliances such as computers equipped in accordance with the present invention help to ensure that information is accessed and used only in authorized ways, and maintain the integrity, availability, and/or confidentiality of the information. Such electronic appliances provide a distributed virtual distribution environment (VDE) that may enforce a secure chain of handling and control, for example, to control and/or meter or otherwise monitor use of electronically stored or disseminated information. Such a virtual distribution environment may be used to protect rights of various participants in electronic commerce and other electronic or electronic-facilitated transactions. Distributed and other operating systems, environments and architectures, such as, for example, those using tamper-resistant hardware-based processors, may establish security at each node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie
  • Patent number: 8443198
    Abstract: Documents and other items can be delivered electronically from sender to recipient with a level of trustedness approaching or exceeding that provided by a personal document courier. A trusted electronic go-between can validate, witness and/or archive transactions while, in some cases, actively participating in or directing the transaction. Printed or imaged documents can be marked using handwritten signature images, seal images, electronic fingerprinting, watermarking, and/or steganography. Electronic commercial transactions and transmissions take place in a reliable, “trusted” virtual distribution environment that provides significant efficiency and cost savings benefits to users in addition to providing an extremely high degree of confidence and trustedness. The systems and techniques have many uses including but not limited to secure document delivery, execution of legal documents, and electronic data interchange (EDI).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Patent number: 8402557
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for secure transaction management and electronic rights protection. Electronic appliances such as computers equipped in accordance with the present invention help to ensure that information is accessed and used only in authorized ways, and maintain the integrity, availability, and/or confidentiality of the information. Such electronic appliances provide a distributed virtual distribution environment (VDE) that may enforce a secure chain of handling and control, for example, to control and/or meter or otherwise monitor use of electronically stored or disseminated information. Such a virtual distribution environment may be used to protect rights of various participants in electronic commerce and other electronic or electronic-facilitated transactions. Distributed and other operating systems, environments and architectures, such as, for example, those using tamper-resistant hardware-based processors, may establish security at each node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie
  • Patent number: 8316449
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for secure transaction management and electronic rights protection. Electronic appliances such as computers equipped in accordance with the present invention help to ensure that information is accessed and used only in authorized ways, and maintain the integrity, availability, and/or confidentiality of the information. Such electronic appliances provide a distributed virtual distribution environment (VDE) that may enforce a secure chain of handling and control, for example, to control and/or meter or otherwise monitor use of electronically stored or disseminated information. Such a virtual distribution environment may be used to protect rights of various participants in electronic commerce and other electronic or electronic-facilitated transactions. Distributed and other operating systems, environments and architectures, such as, for example, those using tamper-resistant hardware-based processors, may establish security at each node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie
  • Patent number: 8291238
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for electronic commerce including secure transaction management and electronic rights protection. Electronic appliances such as computers employed in accordance with the present invention help to ensure that information is accessed and used only in authorized ways, and maintain the integrity, availability, and/or confidentiality of the information. Secure subsystems used with such electronic appliances provide a distributed virtual distribution environment (VDE) that may enforce a secure chain of handling and control, for example, to control and/or meter or otherwise monitor use of electronically stored or disseminated information. Such a virtual distribution environment may be used to protect rights of various participants in electronic commerce and other electronic or electronic-facilitated transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, W. Olin Sibert, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie
  • Patent number: 8190528
    Abstract: An integrated, modular array of administrative and support services are provided for electronic commerce and electronic rights and transaction management. These administrative and support services supply a secure foundation for conducting transaction-related capabilities functioning over electronic networks can also be adapted to the specific needs of electronic commerce value chains. In one embodiment, a Distributed Commerce Utility having a secure, programmable, distributed architecture provides administrative and support services. The Distributed Commerce Utility may comprise a number of Commerce Utility Systems. These Commerce Utility Systems provide a web of infrastructure support available to, and reusable by, the entire electronic community and/or many of its participants. Different support functions can be collected together in hierarchical and/or networked relationships to suit various business models or other objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Patent number: 8191157
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for secure transaction management and electronic rights protection. Electronic appliances such as computers equipped in accordance with the present invention help to ensure that information is accessed and used only in authorized ways, and maintain the integrity, availability, and/or confidentiality of the information. Such electronic appliances provide a distributed virtual distribution environment (VDE) that may enforce a secure chain of handling and control, for example, to control and/or meter or otherwise monitor use of electronically stored or disseminated information. Such a virtual distribution environment may be used to protect rights of various participants in electronic commerce and other electronic or electronic-facilitated transactions. Distributed and other operating systems, environments and architectures, such as, for example, those using tamper-resistant hardware-based processors, may establish security at each node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie