Patents by Inventor Robert P. Weber

Robert P. Weber 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: 20100217994
    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: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Publication number: 20100174652
    Abstract: A rights management arrangement for storage media such as optical digital video disks (DVDs, also called digital versatile disks) provides adequate copy protection in a limited, inexpensive mass-produceable, low-capability platform such as a dedicated home consumer disk player and also provides enhanced, more flexible security techniques and methods when the same media are used with platforms having higher security capabilities. A control object (or set) defines plural rights management rules for instance, price for performance or rules governing redistribution. Low capability platforms may enable only a subset of the control rules such as controls on copying or marking of played material. Higher capability platforms may enable all (or different subsets) of the rules. Cryptographically strong security is provided by encrypting at least some of the information carried by the media and enabling decryption based on the control set and/or other limitations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventors: VICTOR H. Shear, W. Olin Sibert, David M. VanWie, Robert P. Weber
  • Publication number: 20100161963
    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: December 22, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: KARL L. GINTER, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Patent number: 7587369
    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 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Publication number: 20090113200
    Abstract: Electronic steganographic techniques can be used to encode a rights management control signal onto an information signal carried over an insecure communications channel. Steganographic techniques ensure that the digital control information is substantially invisibly and substantially indelibly carried by the information signal. These techniques can provide end-to-end rights management protection of an information signal irrespective of transformations between analog and digital. An electronic appliance can recover the control information and use it for electronic rights management to provide compatibility with a Virtual Distribution Environment. In one example, the system encodes low data rate pointers within high bandwidth time periods of the content signal to improve overall control information read/seek times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Publication number: 20090030768
    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: July 27, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Publication number: 20080250241
    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: July 20, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Patent number: 7415617
    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 network-s, 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 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: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Patent number: 7392395
    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: April 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Publication number: 20080141033
    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: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Publication number: 20080133415
    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: November 19, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Publication number: 20080120240
    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: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Publication number: 20080114790
    Abstract: A descriptive data structure provides an abstract representation of a rights management data structure such as a secure container. The abstract representation may describe, for example, the layout of the rights management data structure. It can also provide metadata describing or defining other characteristics of rights management data structure use and/or processing. For example, the descriptive data structure can provide integrity constraints that provide a way to state rules about associated information. The abstract representation can be used to create rights management data structures that are interoperable and compatible with one another. This arrangement preserves flexibility and ease of use without compromising security.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventors: Edwin J. Hall, Victor H. Shear, Luke S. Tomasello, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber, Kim Worsencroft, Xuejun Xu
  • Patent number: 7281133
    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: April 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Patent number: 7165174
    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 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Patent number: 7143066
    Abstract: Rights management information is used at least in part in a matching, narrowcasting, classifying and/or selecting process. A matching and classification utility system comprising a kind of Commerce Utility System is used to perform the matching, narrowcasting, classifying and/or selecting. The matching and classification utility system may match, narrowcast, classify and/or select people and/or things, non-limiting examples of which include software objects. The Matching and Classification Utility system may use any pre-existing classification schemes, including at least some rights management information and/or other qualitative and/or parameter data indicating and/or defining classes, classification systems, class hierarchies, category schemes, class assignments, category assignments, and/or class membership.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Victor H. Shear, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Patent number: 7143290
    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 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Patent number: 7133846
    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: September 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Patent number: 7110983
    Abstract: Rights management information is used at least in part in a matching, narrowcasting, classifying and/or selecting process. A matching and classification utility system comprising a kind of Commerce Utility System is used to perform the matching, narrowcasting, classifying and/or selecting. The matching and classification utility system may match, narrowcast, classify and/or select people and/or things, non-limiting examples of which include software objects. The Matching and Classification Utility system may use any pre-existing classification schemes, including at least some rights management information and/or other qualitative and/or parameter data indicating and/or defining classes, classification systems, class hierarchies, category schemes, class assignments, category assignments, and/or class membership.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Victor H. Shear, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Patent number: 7092914
    Abstract: Rights management information is used at least in part in a matching, narrowcasting, classifying and/or selecting process. A matching and classification utility system comprising a kind of Commerce Utility System is used to perform the matching, narrowcasting, classifying and/or selecting. The matching and classification utility system may match, narrowcast, classify and/or select people and/or things, non-limiting examples of which include software objects. The Matching and Classification Utility system may use any pre-existing classification schemes, including at least some rights management information and/or other qualitative and/or parameter data indicating and/or defining classes, classification systems, class hierarchies, category schemes, class assignments, category assignments, and/or class membership.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Victor H. Shear, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber