Requiring A Supplemental Attachment Or Input (e.g., Dongle) To Open Patents (Class 705/55)
  • Patent number: 10175911
    Abstract: Provided are an image file distribution apparatus, an image file recovery apparatus, an image file distribution method, an image file recovery method, an image file distribution program, an image file recovery program, and a recording medium storing the program which can prevent a relatively large increase in the amount of data of an image file even when an (k, n) secret sharing scheme with high security is used. For example, distributed tag information is obtained from tag information of the image file by a (k, n)-threshold secret sharing scheme. For example, distributed image data is obtained from image data by a (k, L, n)-threshold ramp secret sharing scheme. For example, the distributed tag information and the distributed image data are combined to obtain combined data. Since the amount of data in the tag information is small, the use of the (k, n) secret sharing scheme does not cause a large increase in the amount of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kentaro Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10032450
    Abstract: In accordance with an aspect, there is provided a system and method for electronic communications that involves machine learning and natural language processing for contact relationship discovery, ranking and retrieval. In accordance with an aspect, there is provided a system and device that discovers contacts related to user search terms, quantitatively measures and ranks the strength between contact relationships according to a score calculated by natural language processing and machine learning. The system generates visual effects to present recommendations to the user with multiple alternate route options to establish relationships between contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: ROYAL BANK OF CANADA
    Inventors: Gregory Andrew Olmstead, Burcu Kilic, David Yum Kei Leung, Amit Sharma, Yehui Zhang
  • Patent number: 9864855
    Abstract: A verification data processing method includes: receiving CAPTCHA response information sent by user through a user terminal and obtaining an IP address of the user terminal from the CAPTCHA response information; obtaining verification data by verifying the CAPTCHA response information, and storing the verification data in a preset hash table, where the verification data includes the type of a CAPTCHA code corresponding to the CAPTCHA response information, and the number of total verifications of CAPTCHA response information and the number of correct verifications both corresponding to the IP address; determining a user type of the user according to the IP address, the number of total verifications and the number of correct verifications; storing the verification data in a min-heap according to the CAPTCHA code type and the user type; and making a statistic of all the numbers of total verifications and all the numbers of correct verifications in the min-heap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yuanhui Xie, Guoping Yan, Yuye Wang
  • Patent number: 9785940
    Abstract: Systems and methods enable the real-time authorization of payment transactions initiated by personal and mobile computing devices. In one embodiment, a financial account server associated with a payment recipient, or payee, is configured to receive a payment data envelope from a payee computing device. The payment data envelope can originate from a payer computing device and include transaction information obtained from an identity management service associated with the payer. The payment data envelope can further include information that allows for the authentication of the payee and payer identities as well as payment instructions. The payee financial account server processes the payment data envelope and transmits the envelope to a financial account server associated with the payer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Bank of the Ozarks
    Inventors: Marcio deOliveira, Trevor Burgess, Nikolai Samteladze
  • Patent number: 9698973
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for securing accessible computer-executable program code and systems are provided. One or more base functions may be generated and blended with existing program code, such that it may be difficult or impossible for a potential attacker to distinguish the base functions from the existing code. The systems and code also may be protected using a variety of other blending and protection techniques, such as fractures, variable dependent coding, dynamic data mangling, and cross-linking, which may be used individually or in combination, and/or may be blended with the base functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: IRDETO B.V.
    Inventors: Harold Johnson, Yuan Xiang Gu, Michael Wiener
  • Patent number: 9589112
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method, device, and system for downloading contents on the basis of a rights verification. The content download method is performed by a first device, which obtains digital rights management (DRM) information on an asset from asset metadata associated with the asset, obtains DRM capabilities on a second device, performs a rights verification for using the asset through the second device on the basis of the DRM information and the DRM capabilities that are obtained, and transmits a queuing request for staging the asset through the second device on the basis of the results of the rights verification. Thus, to enable the consumption of contents, the rights verification may be performed on the basis of device capabilities and content information, and contents may be stably and effectively downloaded using a target device on the basis of the verified results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Minsoo Lee, Seungryul Yang, Jangwoong Park
  • Patent number: 9553848
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing video data are disclosed herein and may comprise receiving within a single mobile multimedia processor chip integrated within a mobile device, a secure key from an off-chip device integrated within the mobile device. The secure key may be decrypted within the single mobile multimedia processor chip, utilizing an on-chip key. The decrypted secure key may be stored within the single mobile multimedia processor chip. The received encrypted data may be decrypted within the single mobile multimedia processor chip, using the stored, decrypted secure key. The on-chip key may be stored within a one-time programmable (OTP) memory in the single mobile multimedia processor chip. The stored on-chip key may be retrieved from the OTP memory for the decrypting. The stored decrypted received secure key may be encrypted utilizing the on-chip key stored within the single mobile multimedia processor chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Viresh Rustagi, Christopher Wilson, Christopher Boross
  • Patent number: 9547761
    Abstract: A first computing device is detected as substantially collocated with a wireless token device, using a short-range wireless communication network and a connection is established between the first computing device and the token device over the short-range wireless network. Authentication data is sent to the first computing device from the token device over the short-range wireless network to authenticate the token device at the first computing device. Authentication of the token device permits data accessible through the first computing device to be made available to a holder of the token device and to be presented on a user interface of the first computing device. In some instances, the wireless token device may otherwise lack user interfaces for presenting the data itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: McAfee, Inc.
    Inventor: Sven Schrecker
  • Patent number: 9509628
    Abstract: A system that accesses managed devices in a heterogeneous network includes a controller, coupled to the managed devices, having processor hardware, an operating system running on the processor hardware, an application framework layer that provides low level communication and resource management to the operating system, and a mapping layer that that provides data routing for the system and includes a plurality of user equipment devices, coupled to the controller, that communicate with the managed devices through the controller, where the controller and the user equipment devices provide messages for the managed devices in a first format and where at least some of the managed devices receive messages in a plurality of different formats and wherein the mapping layer converts messages in the first format to at least one of the different formats prior to providing the messages to the managed devices. The first format may be a CoAP/LWM2M format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: MyOmega Systems Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Bernd Moeller
  • Patent number: 9467450
    Abstract: A patient data exchange system comprises at least one device. Each of the devices implements an interface. When a device in the patient data exchange system publishes patient data, the device generates a metadata envelope that encapsulates the patient data. The metadata envelope conforms to a schema that defines allowable metadata attributes of the metadata envelope. When a device in the patient data exchange system receives a metadata envelope that conforms to the schema, the device determines, based at least in part on a metadata attribute of the metadata envelope, a particular patient data handling policy to apply to patient data encapsulated by the metadata envelope. In some instances, the metadata attribute indicates that authorization is required from an authorization service to access the patient data encapsulated by the metadata envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventors: Timothy D. Paffel, William C. Harding
  • Patent number: 9262592
    Abstract: A first computing device is detected as substantially collocated with a wireless storage device, using a short-range wireless communication network. A connection is established between the first computing device and the wireless storage device over the short-range wireless network. Data stored in memory of the wireless storage device is sent from the wireless storage device to the first computing device over the short-range wireless network for a presentation of the data using a user interface of the first computing device. The wireless storage device lacks user interfaces for the presentation of the data. In some instances, authentication of either or both of the first computing device or wireless storage device can be accomplished through communication between the first computing device and wireless storage device over the short-range wireless communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: McAfee, Inc.
    Inventor: Sven Schrecker
  • Patent number: 9117056
    Abstract: A method and system for secure distribution of digital content, using a disintegration tool under control of a distributor of the digital content to divide the digital content into protected and unprotected segments, delivering the unprotected segments to the customer along with installation software and identification information. The segments to be protected are modified using the identification information on the distribution medium and hardware information unique to a particular customer device. Upon communication of this information from the customer device, the modified segments are sent to the customer device for integration with the unprotected segments to generate a modified digital content operable only on the particular customer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: VATARI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Marek Pesl
  • Patent number: 9070145
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the instant invention provides an improved computer system programmed for rating which includes at least the following components: a specialized computer machine, having: a processor for executing program code stored in memory, where the program code is configured to at least perform upon the execution: causing to display a first graphical user interface to each consumer to obtain personal identifying information to validate an identity of such consumer; and a confirmation that such consumer meets requirements to be satisfied for rating a business, based on the confirmation, causing to concurrently display a second graphical user interface to display a consumer rating survey having a predetermined number of questions for rating a business to evaluate such business in rating categories of: service, value, ethics, competence, environment, and price; based on responses and predictive analytics, calculating or recalculating a rating score in each rating category for each business.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Whozagood, Inc.
    Inventor: Zale Zeviar
  • Patent number: 9070155
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the instant invention provides an improved computer system programmed for searching which includes at least the following components: a specialized computer machine, at least one processor for executing a particular program code stored in a memory, where the particular program code is configured to perform the following operations upon the execution: obtaining business information regarding a plurality of businesses and a plurality of offerings offered by the plurality of businesses; generating a rating score for each business based on consumer ratings; associating each business with the rating score; and concurrently conducting a plurality of searches of the business information based on: business identifying search parameter(s) obtained from each consumer, a geographic indication, a plurality of ranked filtering criteria, a rating score filtering parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Whozagood, Inc.
    Inventor: Zale Zeviar
  • Patent number: 9070152
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the instant invention provides a programmed industry management computer system, having at least: a specialized computer machine, having a processor for executing program code, performing upon the execution: operating an electronic space, allowing: a plurality of consumers to submit ratings that rate on a merit a plurality of businesses in rating categories of: service, value, ethics, competence, environment, and price; generating sales opportunities for businesses by performing: personality matching between the consumers and the businesses, and allowing the consumers to search for the businesses; and providing services, products, or both, to the businesses to improve consumer service and consumer ratings; in real-time, determining a monetary amount to be paid by a particular consumer for a consumer activity; based on the consumer activity performed by the particular consumer, in real-time, determining a monetary amount to be paid by a particular business for a lead option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Whozagood, Inc.
    Inventor: Zale Zeviar
  • Patent number: 9070144
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the instant invention provides an improved computer system programmed for matching which includes at least the following components: a specialized computer machine having a processor for executing program code stored in memory, where the program code is configured to perform upon the execution: obtaining business information regarding a plurality of businesses and a plurality of offerings offered by the plurality of businesses; concurrently matching each consumer of a plurality of particular consumers with at least one business based on: business identifying matching parameter(s) obtained from each consumer, a geographic indication, a plurality of ranked filtering criteria, personal consumer profile information having responses to psychometric questions, business profile information having responses to psychometric questions, and at least one rating score filtering parameter; and causing to concurrently output, utilizing a graphical user interface, each matching result to each particular
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Whozagood, Inc.
    Inventor: Zale Zeviar
  • Patent number: 9042598
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to generate and use content-aware watermarks are disclosed herein. In a disclosed example method, media composition data is received and at least one word present in an audio track of the media composition data is selected. The word is then located in a watermark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Arun Ramaswamy, Robert A. Luff
  • Patent number: 9026174
    Abstract: In a scanner system comprising a portable terminal and a scanner device, the scanner device has a mounting portion on which the portable terminal is mounted and electrically connected to the scanner device. The scanner device acquires identification information of the portable terminal when the scanner device detects mounting of the portable terminal on the mounting portion, and transmits a connection request to the portable terminal having the identification information. The portable terminal activates an application for establishing communication with the scanner device in response to the connection request from the scanner device when the mounting of the portable terminal on the mounting portion is detected. Thus, the communication between the portable terminal and the scanner device can be established without operation of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: PFU Limited
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Yashiki, Yuki Matsuda, Kayo Iimuro
  • Patent number: 9020854
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention includes a system comprising: a personal digital key and a computer readable medium that is accessible when authenticated by the personal digital key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Proxense, LLC
    Inventor: John J. Giobbi
  • Patent number: 9009078
    Abstract: Unlocking digital content embodied in digital readable form on a digital media carrier includes receiving a scanned image of a page from scanning a physical copy of content, evaluating the scanned image; and if the scanned image corresponds to a selected page of the digital content, unlocking the digital content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Kurzweil/Intellitools, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Dionne
  • Patent number: 9002750
    Abstract: For secure user authentication using a one-time password (OTP) application is pre-stored on a device for generating a OTP value responsive to entry of a valid PIN, no part of the PIN is stored on the device and pre-storing on a server the PIN and a valid shared secret for the user. Upon receiving entry a purported PIN, a purported shared secret is dynamically synthesized on the device by the OTP application based on the purported PIN of the user and a purported OTP value is generated based on the purported shared secret. When entry of the purported OTP value is received by the server in an attempt to log on the server from another device, the server cryptographically calculates a purported shared secret based on the purported OTP value, and log on to the server from the other device is allowed if the calculated purported shared secret corresponds to the pre-stored shared secret.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. (USA)
    Inventors: Ronald King-Hang Chu, Mark Kogen, Warren Tan, Simon Ma, Yosif Smushkovich, Gerry Glindro, Jeffrey William Coyte Nicholas
  • Patent number: 8990118
    Abstract: Methods and systems for identification of objects using a laser. Data for an application including transactional data associated with a user is accessed from a computerized database in a system. Systems and methods operate to select objects from an electronic display. In an example, these systems and methods operate to select objects from an electronic display using a handheld laser identification device. In an example, an electronic display is in communication with a database that updates the display of objects displayed on the electronic display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventor: Steven Dale Zettner
  • Patent number: 8973122
    Abstract: A two-factor network authentication system uses “something you know” in the form of a password/Pin and “something you have” in the form of a key token. The password is encrypted in a secure area of the USB device and is protected from brute force attacks. The key token includes authentication credentials. Users cannot authenticate without the key token. Four distinct authentication elements that the must be present. The first element is a global unique identifier that is unique to each key. The second is a private credential generated from the online service provider that is stored in a secure area of the USB device. The third element is a connection profile that is generated from the online service provider. The fourth element is a credential that is securely stored with the online service provider. The first two elements create a unique user identity. The second two elements create mutual authentication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Directpointe, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin M. Beck, Chad L Swensen
  • Patent number: 8930697
    Abstract: A system and method of encrypting digital content in a digital container and securely locking the encrypted content to a particular user and/or computer or other computing device is provided. The system uses a token-based authentication and authorization procedure and involves the use of an authentication/authorization server. This system provides a high level of encryption security equivalent to that provided by public key/asymmetric cryptography without the complexity and expense of the associated PKI infrastructure. The system enjoys the simplicity and ease of use of single key/symmetric cryptography without the risk inherent in passing unsecured hidden keys. The secured digital container when locked to a user or user's device may not open or permit access to the contents if the digital container is transferred to another user's device. The digital container provides a secure technique of distributing electronic content such as videos, text, data, photos, financial data, sales solicitations, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Digital Reg of Texas, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene B. Phillips, II, Seth Ornstein
  • Patent number: 8924306
    Abstract: A method is presented for rebooting a local data processing entity requiring an access code to boot. The method may include receiving, on a local entity, an access code from a remote entity. The access code may be stored on an auxiliary device coupled to the local entity. The local entity may receive a reboot command from the remote entity and begin rebooting in response thereto. The auxiliary device may provide the access code to the local entity in response to the beginning of the reboot. The access code may then be deleted from the auxiliary device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stefano Borghetti, Gianluca Della Corte, Leonida Gianfagna, Antonio Sgro′
  • Patent number: 8918336
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer usable program code for brokering a charging process of an electric vehicle. In one embodiment, a process extracts event data associated with the charging process from a charge notification in response to receiving the charge notification indicating that the charging process of the electric vehicle is complete. The event data may include, but is not limited to, duration of the charging process, quantity of electricity transferred, or rate at which electricity was transferred during the charging process. The process then identifies, from an energy transaction plan, a set of payees participating in the charging process. Thereafter, the process disburses a payment owed to the set of payees. An amount of the payment is calculated using payment terms in profiles of the set of payees. The payment includes funds from at least one of a payer fund and an incentive fund.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Erica Haefner Ferro, Allan James Schurr, Mark William Trekell, Paul Stuart Williamson
  • Patent number: 8898084
    Abstract: A general user given beforehand a proxy right by an administrator is allowed to register a special user having the right to use an apparatus in a range of the function right equal to that of himself by operating a special user setting window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Taketoshi Yamahata, Katsushi Sukigara, Koichi Nagata, Kana Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 8881256
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide a storage media on a portable physical object associated with a set of credentials that enables access to a set of computing resources associated with a set of Web services. In some embodiments, information including a set of credentials is prepackaged onto the storage media of the portable physical object. A pre-activated subscription to the set of Web services in a distributed system is provisioned. Access to the set of Web services is enabled when the portable physical object is coupled with a computing device and the set of credentials is authenticated. In some embodiments, the portable physical object is purchased by a user on a prepaid basis without requiring the user to register an account with the set of Web services, allowing the user to remain anonymous with respect to interaction with the set of Web services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory B. Roth, Cristian M. Ilac, James E. Scharf, Jr., Nathan R. Fitch, Graeme D. Baer, Brian Irl Pratt, Kevin Ross O'Neill
  • Patent number: 8849717
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for upgrades and synchronization of applications installed on a device, such as a mobile device. In one embodiment, a device may include applications purchased and downloaded via a content management system. The device maintains a list or database of applications that are authorized for each device. This list is also replicated in a remote cache that is maintained by an archive host. The device may then synchronize and upgrade these applications across multiple platforms, such as one or more computers that can be coupled to the device or the archive host. The archive host allows for files of the application be provided back to the device. Upon installation, the device can then confirm the authorization and identity of the newly installed application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Simon Cooper, Dallas De Atley
  • Patent number: 8850559
    Abstract: An application program of the portable device receives a command of an owner when the portable device is powered on. The application program notifies a basic input/output system to set a protection variable, and notifies the owner to set a password in a setup menu of the basic input/output system after the application program receives the command of the owner. A keyboard controller turns off the portable device to enable the protection variable after the basic input/output system sets the protection variable and the setup menu of the basic input/output system stores the password. After the protection variable is enabled, whenever the portable device is powered on, the basic input/output system checks a password inputted to the portable device at least once and the basic input/output system executes a corresponding operation according to a check result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Fang-Yuan Sung
  • Patent number: 8838803
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for mediating user communications. A user persona manager maintains one or more user profiles and manages user interactions with other parties and with service providers based on user preferences associated with the user profile or profiles selected for a particular interaction. The persona manager receives a single set of user authentication information to establish the user identity, and provides previously stored information to other parties and service providers as appropriate, and otherwise conducts user interactions involving communications initiated by or on behalf of the user. The persona manager also examines interactions initiated by others, selects user profiles appropriate to the interactions, and routes and responds to the interactions based on information stored in the user profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Richard Bennett
  • Patent number: 8831995
    Abstract: An optimized server for streamed applications provides a streamed application server optimized to provide efficient delivery of streamed applications to client systems across a computer network such as the Internet. The server persistently stores streamed application program sets that contain streamed application file pages. Client systems request streamed application file pages from the server using a unique set of numbers common among all servers that store the particular streamed application file pages. A license server offloads the streamed application server by performing client access privilege validations. Commonly accessed streamed application file pages are stored in a cache on the streamed application server which attempts to retrieve requested streamed application file pages from the cache before retrieving them from persistent storage. Requested streamed application file pages are compressed before being sent to a client as well as those stored in the cache.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Numecent Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Anne Marie Holler, Lacky Vasant Shah, Sameer Panwar, Amit Patel
  • Patent number: 8788424
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for setting a shift point for shifting a transmission for a powered vehicle between a first gear ratio and a second gear ratio. The method includes determining input power data points based on real-time input torque data. The input torque data includes a maximum input torque. The method also includes calculating a gear step value based on the first gear ratio and second gear ratio. The method further includes determining a first power value and computing a second power value based on the gear step value. The first power value and second power value are compared to one another and adjustments are incrementally made in the first power value speed until the difference between first and second power values meets a threshold. The shift point is therefore based on the result of comparing the first power value and the second power value and the corresponding speed associated with the first power value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Allison Transmission, Inc.
    Inventor: Edmond M. Etchason
  • Patent number: 8745409
    Abstract: A data storage device that can be reversibly associated with one or more of a plurality of hosts. A “trusted” host on which the device is mounted is allowed access to a secure data area of the device automatically, without the user having to enter a password. Ways in which a host is designated as “trusted” include storing the host's ID in a trusted host list of the device, storing a representation of the host's ID that was encrypted using a trust key of the device in a cookie in the host, or storing a storage password of the device in a password list of the host. Alternatively, an untrusted host is allowed access to the secure data area if a user enters a correct user password.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: SanDisk IL Ltd.
    Inventors: Mordechai Teicher, Aran Ziv, Noam Shintel
  • Patent number: 8738534
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a decision-support system and method for providing with a score an object represented by a target item from a multidimensional space, said score being representative of the probability that the object satisfies a given binary property. The method and/or decision support-system may be performed in a computer environment comprising processing means connected to memory means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Institut Telecom-Telecom Paristech
    Inventors: Stephan Clemencon, Nicolas Vayatis
  • Patent number: 8712856
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for determining the correct item serial number structure, even when information regarding the serial number data and/or structure is lacking. Such techniques advantageously promote data integrity by helping to ensure that the desired data is captured correctly, while also reducing (and sometimes even eliminating) the need to obtain detailed information regarding serial number structure and intelligence that sometimes is guarded by producers/manufacturers. Statistical sampling of collected unknown data formats may be used to help decipher product identification numbers (or other numbers) such as product serial numbers through a repetitive process of scanning a known constant such as the UPC number, followed by a variable number such as a products serial number. Certain exemplary embodiments check serial number against a database containing algorithms to determine if and which algorithm is used to create such serial numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo of America Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J Junger, Jeremy Prellwitz
  • Patent number: 8655785
    Abstract: An authenticated digital confirmation of an installation or an update of a licensed computer data product, for providing the licensor with a validation that the installation/update was carried out as intended, and conveying relevant details of the installation/update. The installation/updating facility (internal software, external hardware device, or combination thereof) examines and documents the pre-installation/update state of the target computer system, performs the installation/update, examines and documents the post-installation/update state, and generates the confirmation, which is a summary or digest of the process and the status thereof. The confirmation is securely authenticated and sent to the licensor for validation, to be used for order fulfillment, billing and accounting, and other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: SafeNet Data Security (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Zunke
  • Patent number: 8646097
    Abstract: The aim of the present invention is to limit the impact of security breaches, which are the emulators of the security module. This aim is reached by a processing unit of audio/video digital conditional access data, encrypted by control words, responsible for processing security messages containing at least one cryptogram relative to a control word and one instruction relative to the control word, characterized in that it includes means to receive at least two micro programs by security messages, executable by the security module, said security module comprising means to store at least two micro programs and means to receive an instruction contained in the security message, for selecting the micro program indicated by the instruction, for executing the said micro program with at least the cryptogram as a parameter of execution, this execution allowing the calculation of the control word to be sent back to the audio/video processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nagravision, S.A.
    Inventors: Joel Conus, Luca Gradassi, Rached Ksontini, Henri Kudelski
  • Patent number: 8645279
    Abstract: A method for detecting against unauthorized transmission of digital works comprises the steps of maintaining a registry of information permitting identification of digital copyrighted works, monitoring a network for transmission of at least one packet-based digital signal, extracting at least one feature from the at least one digital signal, comparing the extracted at least one feature with registry information and applying business rules based on the comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Audible Magic Corporation
    Inventor: Richard A. Schmelzer
  • Patent number: 8630907
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for secure transactions according to one or more embodiments. According to an embodiment, a method for providing secure transactions comprises initiating a transaction via a point of sale device having a one time password generator. The method also comprises generating at least one password by the point of sale device. The method further comprises associating the at least one password with account information. The method further comprises transmitting the password associated with the account information to a remote location. If the transmitted password matches predetermined associated information at the remote location, the method further comprises confirming the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Ebay Inc.
    Inventors: Upendra Mardikar, Rene Aeberhard
  • Patent number: 8627271
    Abstract: Particular embodiments provide a method for orchestrating an order fulfillment business process that includes a sub-process. In one embodiment, abstraction of business processes from an underlying information technology (IT) infrastructure is provided. An orchestration process can be designed using sub-processes such that the sub-process is assembled at run-time into an executable process. The sub-process may be defined in an interface as a single step. A plurality of services as then assembled as steps in the executable process at run-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Lynn Leah Reed, Muhammad Zeeshan Butt, Shrikant Nene, Alok Singh, Krishna Raju Venkata Addala
  • Patent number: 8626669
    Abstract: A system for physical distribution of secure content to customers and physical collection of secure billing information. A plurality of content storage devices may be provided to a customer, each content storage device including secure content. A billing storage device may also be provided to the customer, the billing storage device including decryption information, which may be used by a media player for decrypting the secure content of the content storage devices to exhibit the secure content to the customer. The content and billing storage devices may be provided to the customer via physical delivery and without electronic data transmission occurring to or from the physical location of the customer. After each billing period, the billing storage device may be received from the customer via physical delivery. The billing storage device includes secure billing information stored in a writeable area, which is associated with the exhibition of secure content to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Valentine Niobrara LLC
    Inventors: Kelly C. Sparks, Bennie L. Gibson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8621601
    Abstract: A set of code for a peripheral device is installed on a host device. The set of code is used to control access to the peripheral device from the host device. The set of code also contains one or more subsets of code that can be used by software entities on the host device for access to the peripheral device. A software entity on a host device must be successfully authenticated with the set of code installed on the host device. Once the software entity is successfully authenticated, the set of code will provide access to the one or more subsets of code specific to the software entity. The one or more subsets of code can be used by the software entity to access the peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: SanDisk Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Mei Yan, Chieh-Hao Yang, Bahman Quwami, Farshid Sabet-Sharghi, Patricia Dwyer, Po Yuan
  • Patent number: 8620819
    Abstract: A database record controls a license to use a computational component. An input receives an order identifier associated with an order related to a computational component and an interface retrieves order information associated with the identifier. The order information comprises at least one material code. A material code mapping agent compares the material code with at least one material code mapping table to identify corresponding computational component information associated with the material code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Walker, Bruce G. Lieou, Mary K. Lourenco, Robert J. Serkowski, Leslie Levy
  • Patent number: 8606831
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing efficient reputation management schemes resilient to malicious attacks. Methods for providing a reputation management scheme can comprise representing sets of service providers, raters, and ratings of service providers as a factor graph, wherein a factor node is associated with a function representing the probability distributions of the arguments of the function given the trustworthiness value and the ratings associated with a rater; and calculating the probability distributions of each variable in the reputation values of the set of providers using a belief propagation algorithm. In some embodiments, the computational complexity of the method is linear in the number of service providers and raters. In some embodiments, the method can identify malicious behavior and accordingly adjust the trustworthiness value for raters associated with malicious behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Faramarz Fekri, Erman Ayday
  • Patent number: 8600898
    Abstract: The present invention provides a digitally originated check (DOC) through an electronic payment system (EPS) which captures payor metadata instructions regarding the intended payment to a payee. The metadata is stored in a database or the like for further processing instead of printing a paper check. The EPS is operable to clear the DOC through either paper or electronic Check 21 mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Global Standard Financial, Inc.
    Inventors: Clark S. Gilder, Michael G. Lalonde
  • Patent number: 8583555
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for synchronizing playback of media content on multiple playback devices utilizing Digital Rights Management (DRM) encoding. In general, multiple playback devices or users of those playback devices are associated to form a virtual group. A virtual group (VG) control function operates to synchronize advertisement (ad) slots within media content provided to the playback devices in the virtual group utilizing DRM encoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Quirio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfredo C. Issa, Gregory M. Evans, Christopher M. Amidon
  • Patent number: 8577808
    Abstract: A product distribution and payment system for limited use or otherwise restricted digital software products. Digital content data comprising a software product to be rented is made available to customers through a detachable local storage medium, such as a DVD or CD-ROM disc, or over a network connection. The product digital content is capable of being accessed and played back through a computer or game console at the customer site. The software product may comprise a limited use product that is restricted in the number of plays or duration of use. The customer is allowed to download and purchase the product using his computer or playback console. The product purchase information is encoded and transmitted to the content distributor. When the preset time or number of plays has elapsed the software program is frozen and access to the program is not allowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Masayuki Chatani, Dominic Saul Mallinson
  • Patent number: 8572756
    Abstract: A CAPTCHA method executed by a CAPTCHA system is provided, comprising: receiving a CAPTCHA request comprising category information of an application service from an application server; responding to the application server with a token identifying the CAPTCHA request and a CAPTCHA image comprising a distorted advertisement word associated to the category information and a series of randomly generated and distorted characters, both the advertisement word and the characters being a CAPTCHA text intended to be typed by a user via a user equipment connected to the application server; receiving from the application server the token and a CAPTCHA answer submitted from the user equipment by the user; and verifying the token and the answer and returning to the application server a result of the verification. This provides an improved CAPTCHA system and method with better advertising effects and security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Hui Hu, Hao Fang, Qingyan Liu
  • Patent number: RE46871
    Abstract: A universal serial bus (USB) memory is disclosed. The USB memory includes a housing having a plurality of orientated indentations and a plurality of concave props, wherein the plurality of orientated indentation facilitates the USB memory to be connected while the USB memory is inserted into a female USB socket; a print circuit board assembly (PCBA) disposed in the housing, wherein the PCBA is fixed by means of pressing of the plurality of concave props; and a LED module having a LED indicator disposed in the housing and a LED module controller disposed on the PCBA, wherein a space is formed between the housing and the PCBA for disposing the LED module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: PHISON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Tom Chung, Dean Huang, Peter Huang