Patents by Inventor Peter L. T. Pirolli

Peter L. T. Pirolli 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: 20120317659
    Abstract: Apparatus, system, and media for utilizing content. An exemplary system comprises a first computing device and a second computing device, wherein the first computing device transmits a request for access to content to the second computing device, receives the content from the second computing device, and grants at least one permitted utilization of the content, and wherein the second computing device receives the request for access to content from the first computing device, determines whether the first second computing device is permitted to receive the content, grants access to the content based at least in part on the first computing device being permitted to receive the content, and transmits the content to the first computing device based at least in part on the first computing device being permitted to receive the content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: CONTENTGUARD HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L.T. Pirolli
  • Publication number: 20120317658
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and media for distributing digital content to at least one recipient computing device to be rendered by the at least one recipient computing device in accordance with usage rights information. An exemplary method comprises determining, by at least one sending computing device, if the at least one recipient computing device is trusted to receive the digital content from the at least one sending computing device, sending the digital content, by the at least one sending computing device, to the at least one recipient computing device only if the at least one recipient computing device has been determined to be trusted to receive the digital content from the at least one sending computing device, and sending usage rights information indicating how the digital content may be rendered by the at least one recipient computing device, the usage rights information being enforceable by the at least on recipient computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: CONTENTGUARD HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L.T. Pirolli
  • Publication number: 20120317653
    Abstract: Apparatus, method, and media for utilizing content. An exemplary method comprises storing, on a removable storage device, a description structure comprising one or more usage rights, storing, on a removable storage device, content associated with the one or more usage rights, receiving a request for the content, the request corresponding to a utilization of the content, determining whether the utilization corresponds to at least one of the one or more usage rights, and utilizing the content in accordance with the at least one of the one or more usage rights that is determined to correspond to the utilization, wherein utilization of the content in accordance with the at least one of the one or more usage rights that is determined to correspond to the utilization is subject to fulfillment of a condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: CONTENTGUARD HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L.T. Pirolli
  • Publication number: 20120317660
    Abstract: Apparatus, method, and media for utilizing content. An exemplary method comprises storing a description structure comprising one or more usage rights, storing content associated with the one or more usage rights, receiving a request for the content, the request corresponding to a utilization of the content, determining whether the utilization corresponds to at least one of the one or more usage rights, determining whether the computing device is an authorized device, and utilizing the content in accordance with the at least one of the one or more usage rights based at least in part on a determination that the utilization corresponds to the at least one of the one or more usage rights and a determination that the computing device is an authorized device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: CONTENTGUARD HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L.T. Pirolli
  • Publication number: 20120311727
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and media for controlling the use of a digital work in accordance with usage rights associated with the digital work. An exemplary server-side method comprises storing a description file associated with a content file of a digital work, the description file including usage rights for the content file, the usage rights indicating a permitted use for the content file of the digital work, communicating with a rendering device, receiving a request to render the content of the digital work originating from the rendering device, processing the request to render including enforcing the usage rights by granting or rejecting the request to render in accordance with the usage rights, and performing closing transaction steps upon detecting that the rendering device has finished rendering the content of the digital work.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: CONTENTGUARD HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L.T. Pirolli
  • Publication number: 20120233710
    Abstract: Digital work adapted to be distributed within a system for controlling at least one of the distribution and use of digital works. The digital work includes digital content representing a portion of a digital work suitable for being rendered by a rendering device and usage rights associated with the digital content. The usage rights specify a manner of use indicating one or more stated purposes for which the digital work can be at least one of used and distributed by an authorized party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: CONTENTGUARD HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L. T. Pirolli
  • Publication number: 20120233707
    Abstract: Digital work adapted to be distributed within a system for controlling at least one of the distribution and use of digital works. The digital work includes digital content representing a portion of a digital work suitable for being rendered by a rendering device and usage rights associated with the digital content. The usage rights specify a manner of use indicating one or more stated purposes for which the digital work can be at least one of used and distributed by an authorized party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: CONTENTGUARD HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L. T. Pirolli
  • Publication number: 20120233709
    Abstract: Digital work adapted to be distributed within a system for controlling at least one of the distribution and use of digital works. The digital work includes digital content representing a portion of a digital work suitable for being rendered by a rendering device and usage rights associated with the digital content. The usage rights specify a manner of use indicating one or more stated purposes for which the digital work can be at least one of used and distributed by an authorized party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: CONTENTGUARD HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L.T. Pirolli
  • Publication number: 20120233711
    Abstract: Digital work adapted to be distributed within a system for controlling at least one of the distribution and use of digital works. The digital work includes digital content representing a portion of a digital work suitable for being rendered by a rendering device and usage rights associated with the digital content. The usage rights specify a manner of use indicating one or more stated purposes for which the digital work can be at least one of used and distributed by an authorized party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: CONTENTGUARD HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L. T. Pirolli
  • Publication number: 20120198571
    Abstract: Digital work adapted to be distributed within a system for controlling at least one of the distribution and use of digital works. The digital work includes digital content representing a portion of a digital work suitable for being rendered by a rendering device and usage rights associated with the digital content. The usage rights specify a manner of use indicating one or more stated purposes for which the digital work can be at least one of used and distributed by an authorized party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: CONTENTGUARD HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L. T. Pirolli
  • Publication number: 20120198563
    Abstract: Digital work adapted to be distributed within a system for controlling at least one of the distribution and use of digital works. The digital work includes digital content representing a portion of a digital work suitable for being rendered by a rendering device and usage rights associated with the digital content. The usage rights specify a manner of use indicating one or more stated purposes for which the digital work can be at least one of used and distributed by an authorized party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: CONTENTGUARD HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L. T. Pirolli
  • Publication number: 20120198562
    Abstract: Digital work adapted to be distributed within a system for controlling at least one of the distribution and use of digital works. The digital work includes digital content representing a portion of a digital work suitable for being rendered by a rendering device and usage rights associated with the digital content. The usage rights specify a manner of use indicating one or more stated purposes for which the digital work can be at least one of used and distributed by an authorized party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: CONTENTGUARD HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L. T. Pirolli
  • Publication number: 20120198567
    Abstract: Digital work adapted to be distributed within a system for controlling at least one of the distribution and use of digital works. The digital work includes digital content representing a portion of a digital work suitable for being rendered by a rendering device and usage rights associated with the digital content. The usage rights specify a manner of use indicating one or more stated purposes for which the digital work can be at least one of used and distributed by an authorized party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: CONTENTGUARD HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L. T. Pirolli
  • Patent number: 8170955
    Abstract: A method, system and software for permitting use of digital works having rights associated therewith in a system having repositories configured to enable use of the digital work in accordance with the rights, including associating a transfer right with a digital work, the transfer right specifying that the digital work is transferred from a first repository to a second repository; transferring the digital work from the first repository to the second repository in accordance with the transfer right; and in response to the transferring, step updating transfer right information in respect of the digital work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: ContentGuard Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L. T. Pirolli
  • Publication number: 20120005760
    Abstract: A method, system and software for permitting use of digital works having rights associated therewith in a system having repositories configured to enable use of the digital work in accordance with the rights, including associating a transfer right with a digital work, the transfer right specifying that the digital work is transferred from a first repository to a second repository; transferring the digital work from the first repository to the second repository in accordance with the transfer right; and in response to the transferring, step updating transfer right information in respect of the digital work.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: ContentGuard Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L.T. Pirolli
  • Publication number: 20120005763
    Abstract: A method, system and software for permitting use of digital works having rights associated therewith in a system having repositories configured to enable use of the digital work in accordance with the rights, including associating a transfer right with a digital work, the transfer right specifying that the digital work is transferred from a first repository to a second repository; transferring the digital work from the first repository to the second repository in accordance with the transfer right; and in response to the transferring, step updating transfer right information in respect of the digital work.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: ContentGuard Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L.T. Pirolli
  • Publication number: 20120005762
    Abstract: A method, system and software for permitting use of digital works having rights associated therewith in a system having repositories configured to enable use of the digital work in accordance with the rights, including associating a transfer right with a digital work, the transfer right specifying that the digital work is transferred from a first repository to a second repository; transferring the digital work from the first repository to the second repository in accordance with the transfer right; and in response to the transferring, step updating transfer right information in respect of the digital work.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: ContentGuard Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. STEFIK, Peter L.T. PIROLLI
  • Publication number: 20120005110
    Abstract: A method, system and software for permitting use of digital works having rights associated therewith in a system having repositories configured to enable use of the digital work in accordance with the rights, including associating a transfer right with a digital work, the transfer right specifying that the digital work is transferred from a first repository to a second repository; transferring the digital work from the first repository to the second repository in accordance with the transfer right; and in response to the transferring, step updating transfer right information in respect of the digital work.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: ContentGuard Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. STEFIK, Peter L.T. Pirolli
  • Patent number: 7970709
    Abstract: A client computer requests plural program parts from various servers. The plural parts are authorized in accordance with usage rights and combined to create a new computer program. The parts can be executed as the new computer program on the servers, on the client, or on both the servers and the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: ContentGuard Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L. T. Pirolli
  • Patent number: 7809644
    Abstract: A digital work and data structure for use within a system for enforcing usage rights associated with digital content, including a description tree file including descriptor blocks organized in a hierarchical manner. The descriptor blocks include usage rights associated with the digital content, and specifying a manner of use of the digital content, a content identifier including a unique identifier of the digital content, and a usage rights portion including the usage rights. The digital content includes plural content portions, and the usage rights portion includes a rights code field including a code indicative of the manner of use of the digital content and a status information field including information relating to a state of the manner of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: ContentGuard Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L. T. Pirolli