Specific Computer Id (e.g., Serial Number, Configuration, Etc.) Patents (Class 705/56)
  • Patent number: 10356081
    Abstract: A method for automatically attaching a purpose-built electronic device to a provider network includes steps of discovering, by a Wi-Fi module of the purpose-built electronic device, a wireless data network in operable communication with the provider network selecting, by the Wi-Fi module, the wireless data network, transmitting a primary authentication certificate from the Wi-Fi module to an authentication, authorization, and accounting server of the provider network, receiving, by an application server of the provider network, a secondary authentication certificate from a functionality module of the purpose-built electronic device authenticating, by the provider network, the primary and secondary authentication certificates, and attaching the purpose-built device to the provider network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph William Brown, Bernard McKibben, Stuart Hoggan, Brian Alexander Scriber
  • Patent number: 10243963
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method for generating device-specific security policies for applications may include (1) installing, onto a computing device, an application requested by the computing device, (2) while the application is running on the computing device, monitoring interactions between the application and a computing environment in which the computing device operates to identify (A) computing resources within the computing environment required by the application and (B) potential security concerns related to the application within the computing environment, and then (3) generating, based on the monitored interactions, a set of device-specific security policies to enforce for the application while the application runs on the computing device that allow the application to access the required computing resources while mitigating the potential security concerns. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Azzedine Benameur, Nathan Evans, Yun Shen
  • Patent number: 10171304
    Abstract: In some examples, a configurator device maps a configuration attribute received from a wireless device to a credential attribute, the credential attribute to be mapped to a network policy. The configurator device sends the credential attribute to the wireless device, the credential attribute useable by the wireless device to access an access point (AP), and useable by the AP to obtain the network policy to apply to a communication of the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: James Randolph Winter Lepp, Michael Peter Montemurro, Stephen McCann
  • Patent number: 10140672
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of managing a licensable item includes accessing a licensing policy related to managing a licensable item, and a license agent making a determination to act to enforce the licensing policy or to first communicate with a server before acting to enforce the licensing policy. Further, the apparatus and method include enforcing the licensing policy in accordance with the determination to act to enforce the licensing policy or to first communicate with a server before acting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Matthew W. Hohlfeld, Michael P. Mahan, Giridhar D. Mandyam
  • Patent number: 9912480
    Abstract: A network service packet (NSP) header security method includes receiving an NSP on a communication interface, analyzing, by a processor, the NSP in order to identify a plurality of service functions and an associated service function path for the plurality of service functions, identifying, by the processor, which security function or functions may be performed by each of the plurality of service functions on an NSP header to be generated for the NSP, requesting, by the processor, at least one key for securing at least part of the NSP header, receiving the at least one key on the communication interface, generating, by the processor, the NSP header for the NSP, securing, by the processor, the NSP header based on the at least one key, and sending, on the communication interface, the NSP with the NSP header to one of the plurality of service functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Quinn, Scott Fluhrer, Jim Guichard, Tirumaleswar Reddy, Prashanth Patil, David Ward
  • Patent number: 9834024
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first image forming unit configured to form an image with a decolorable material, a second image forming unit configured to form an image with a non-decolorable material, an RFID processor configured to write data in an RFID tag, a memory unit for storing a table indicating one or more attributes associated with the decolorable material and one or more attributes associated with the non-decolorable material, and a controller configured to control the first image forming unit to carry out image forming on a medium including the RFID tag for information of which attribute is associated with the decolorable material in the table, and control the second image forming unit to carry out image forming on the medium for information of which attribute is associated with the non-decolorable material in the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Setsuo Takada
  • Patent number: 9727703
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a method and apparatus for distributing digital information, such as software applications, to application users. By providing the digital information on unused memory space of a computer system, and providing a process for authorizing access to the information, the information can be efficiently and cost effectively transferred to users. Traditional inventory and distribution channel difficulties are avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: MICRON TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Kurt Clement
  • Patent number: 9704127
    Abstract: In a method for reproducing an original copy of a work of authorship, processing information received from a data input device relating to authentication of the original copy of the work of authorship, identifying information in a database corresponding to the information received from the data input device, determining whether an authorization for reproduction of the work of authorship should be granted, and if authorization is granted, reproducing the work of authorship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Joel N. Bock
  • Patent number: 9686245
    Abstract: A system and method for secure authentication performed on a mobile communication device. The method includes an authentication application carrying out the steps of: receiving a unique identifier for a transaction from a first application provided on the same mobile communication device as the authentication application; receiving an encrypted transaction from a remote secure server; decrypting or obtaining decryption of the transaction with a private key of the authentication application; signing or obtaining signing of the transaction with the private key; signing the transaction with the unique identifier; and transmitting the signed transaction back to the remote secure server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: ENTERSEKT INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Christiaan Johannes Petrus Brand
  • Patent number: 9484077
    Abstract: A method includes receiving first information at a remote computer system during a first user-initiated communication session for a user station not previously identified to the remote computer system, sending second information that is a function of and different from the first information to the user station over the communications network during the first user-initiated communication session stored automatically at the user station, storing third information based on the first information at a location remote from the user station, receiving the second information over the communications network during a subsequent and separate user-initiated communication session automatically from the user station, retrieving the stored third information using the received second information, during the subsequent and separate communication session and using the retrieved third information for interaction with the remote computer system during the subsequent and separate communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures I LLC
    Inventor: Richard R. Reisman
  • Patent number: 9484078
    Abstract: A method includes receiving the second information at the remote computer system during a second user initiated communication session from the user station automatically, wherein the user station triggers automatically sending the second information to the remote computer system, retrieving the previously stored third information at the remote computer system and matching at least a portion of the received second information with the stored third information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures I LLC
    Inventor: Richard R. Reisman
  • Patent number: 9485235
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for inter-network service selection are described herein. Through the use of one or more of device identifiers and device classes, information including a randomization metric can be transmitted to networked devices indicating which devices and/or device classes are permitted or denied to access a given network service. Equipment seeking access may alter the selection based on this information. Equipment providing access may enforce access request based on this information. As an example, selection between eHRPD and LTE may be load balanced based on device class or identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Wentao Zhang, Jun Wang, George Cherian, Jen Mei Chen
  • Patent number: 9437178
    Abstract: A storage section stores therein one or more sets of music content and/or function executing programs, at least a part of the sets of music content and/or function executing programs being set in a non-usable state at least in an initial state. An audio signal containing additional information is received from an external electronic audio apparatus, and a determination is made as to whether the additional information satisfies a predetermined condition. If the additional information satisfies the predetermined condition, any of the sets of music content and/or function executing programs, stored in the storage section, that is currently set in the non-usable state is updated to a usable state. A model of the external electronic audio apparatus is identified, and any of the sets of music content and/or function executing programs that corresponds to the identified model is updated to the usable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Hiratsuka, Shinya Hamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9378227
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments, there are provided mechanisms and methods for creating, exporting, viewing and testing, and importing custom applications in a multitenant database environment. These mechanisms and methods can enable embodiments to provide a vehicle for sharing applications across organizational boundaries. The ability to share applications across organizational boundaries can enable tenants in a multi-tenant database system, for example, to easily and efficiently import and export, and thus share, applications with other tenants in the multi-tenant environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: David Brooks, Benji Jasik, Eric David Bezar, Douglas Chasman, Scott Hansma, Steven Tamm, Lewis Wiley Tucker, Timothy Mason, Tien Tzuo, Adam Gross, Simon Wong
  • Patent number: 9325497
    Abstract: Technologies for establishing and managing a connection with a power line communication network include establishing a communication connection between an electronic device and a security server. A default device encryption key associated with the electronic device is changed to correspond with a new device encryption key of the security server. Thereafter, the electronic device may only join a power line communication network of a particular security server using a network membership key, which is encrypted with the device encryption key that the particular security server associates to the electronic device. The electronic device contains a circuit interrupt to interrupt a circuit of the electronic device if the electronic device is not able to successfully decrypt the network membership key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Saurabh Dadu, Gyan Prakash
  • Patent number: 9300494
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for matching a client device with an appropriate network service provider data package. A device ID for the client device can be decomposed to one or more device ID ranges in a device decomposition set. One or more ranges of client ID can be assigned to a network service provider data package, which can be decomposed into a set of package decomposition ranges in a package decompositions set. The device decomposition set can be compared to the package decomposition set, and if an intersection is identified between the sets, the network service provider data package can be provided to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Fabian Nunez-Tejerina, Kurt A. Geisel, Noel Anderson, Samer Fouad Sawaya
  • Patent number: 9246677
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method, a system and a computer program product for secure data communication between a user device and a server. User credentials, a device id and a first hash are received at server from a user device. The first hash is generated using the user credentials. At server, a second hash is computed using the user credentials stored in the database of the server. The first hash is verified with the second hash. Once verified, an encryption key and a sequence number corresponding to the user credentials and device id are generated. The encryption key and the sequence number are encrypted using a pre-defined key and one or more user credentials. The encrypted encryption key and the sequence number are sent to the user device to encrypt data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Infosys Limited
    Inventors: Gautam Bandyopadhyay, Shivaji Bal Apte, Philip Joseph
  • Patent number: 9209980
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for computing a secret shared with a portable electronic device and service entity. The service entity has a public key G and a private key g. A message comprising the public key G is broadcast to the portable electronic device. A public key B of the portable electronic device is obtained from a manufacturing server and used together with the private key g to compute the shared secret. The portable electronic device receives the broadcast message and computes the shared secret as a function of the public key G and the portable electronic device's private key b. The shared secret can be used to establish a trusted relationship between the portable electronic device and the service entity, to activate a service on the portable electronic device, and to generate certificates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Roger Paul Bowman, Robert Henderson Wood, Nicolaas Santoso Handojo, John Michael Agar, Brian Paul Neill
  • Patent number: 9177116
    Abstract: Various embodiments include an apparatus, system, and method to control the distribution and usage of copyrighted digital content. The processing of a data file received over a communications network such as the Internet occurs both in a host digital appliance, such as a personal computer, notebook computer, audio player, video player, and the like, and in a very small digital rights management (DRM) module that is removably connected with the host. The processing makes it extremely difficult for the content of the data file to be obtained by an unauthorized person and/or utilized with an unauthorized DRM module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: SanDisk Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Gidon Elazar, Dan Harkabi, Nehemiah Weingarten, Aviraham Halachmi, Noam Camiel, Eran Fuchs
  • Patent number: 9148412
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to automatically populating a database of names and secrets in an authentication server by sending one or more lists of one or more names and secrets by a network management software to an authentication server. Furthermore, some embodiments provide that the lists being sent are encrypted and/or embedded in otherwise inconspicuous files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: EMULEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Larry Dean Hofer
  • Patent number: 8997249
    Abstract: Software activation and revalidation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Storagecraft Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Nathan S. Bushman, Douglas Mark Lee
  • Patent number: 8992631
    Abstract: Systems and methods of theft prevention of communication devices are provided. In one embodiment, the method may include, for example, one or more of the following: registering a communication device being used at a home, where the device is connected to a communication network; entering validation information relating to the communication device; and analyzing the validation information to determine whether the communication device is authorized for use in the communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Jeyhan Karaoguz, James D. Bennett
  • 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: 8972301
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: a local memory unit storing data including encrypted content; a memory storing data including key information to be used in a process of reproducing the encrypted content; and a data processing unit selectively reproducing encrypted content stored in a disk or the local memory unit, wherein the data processing unit reads a medium ID from the disk when the content to be reproduced is stored in the disk and reads a medium ID from the memory when the content to be reproduced is stored in the local memory unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kenjiro Ueda, Tateo Oishi, Jun Yonemitsu
  • Patent number: 8943557
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to systems, methods and computer program products for enrolling a user in a device identification program. In some embodiments, a system is configured to: receive device identification information from a mobile device, receive user information associated with a user, the user information enabling identification of the user, associate the device identification information with the user information, and create a record based on the device identification information and the user information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventor: William Earnest Kelley
  • 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: 8924304
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and systems for using unique identifiers to identify systems in collaborative interaction in a mesh network. For example, in at least certain embodiments, upon initiation of a collaborative application each system can broadcast packets that include a unique hash identifier for each system to other systems in the mesh network. Each system then can determine when the system has received packets that include the unique hash identifiers from all systems. Then, each system can sort the unique hash identifiers to identify each system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Graeme J. Devine
  • 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: 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: 8813254
    Abstract: A system is configured to provide access between a plurality of terminals and a plurality of different conditional access systems (CASs) associated with the terminals. The system includes a CAS switcher configured to receive requests from the plurality of terminals and, for each of the requests, identifies and sends the requests to a corresponding CAS. The CAS switcher also receives messages from the CASs responsive to the requests and, for each of the messages, identifies and sends the message to a corresponding terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventor: Saied Agahi
  • Patent number: 8799980
    Abstract: A network management system is described for assuring that a network device complies with a device-specific configuration policy. One example of the network management system contains one or more business rules that describe a business policy regarding a computer network in a network-independent form. In general, the business rules refer to high-level business requirements and not to device-specific configuration information. The network management system uses the business rule to determine which business policies are currently in force. In addition, the network management system contains one or more network design rules that describe relationship between the business policy and one or more device-specific configuration policies. The network management server uses the network design rules to determine whether to deploy a device-specific configuration policies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip A. Shafer, Robert P. Enns, Paulo Lima, Greg Sidebottom, William P. Welch, Michael S. Jacobsen, Craig A. Bardenheuer
  • Patent number: 8793192
    Abstract: Embodiments related to systems and methods comprising receiving payment data at an access device; receiving an identifier for a phone at the access device; and generating and sending an authorization request message to a payment processing network, wherein the payment processing network generates a verification token, which is then sent to the phone whereby the phone is thereafter used to conduct payment transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Ayman Hammad, Barbara Patterson
  • Patent number: 8775318
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for updating firmware of terminals in a mobile broadcast system including a Broadcast Service Distribution/Adaptation fragment (BSDA) and a Broadcast service Subscription Management (BSM). The method includes requesting creation of a content fragment, by the BSM, by transmitting a firmware package file for a firmware update of the terminals to the BSDA; creating a content fragment including the firmware package file and broadcasting the created content fragment to the terminals by the BSDA; detecting the firmware package file from the received content fragment; and performing the firmware update using the firmware package file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong-Hyo Lee, Ji-Eun Keum, Sung-Oh Hwang, Bo-Sun Jung, Kook-Heui Lee
  • Patent number: 8768843
    Abstract: Executable applications on a gaming machine are verified before they can be executed, for security purposes and to comply with jurisdictional requirements. Unlike in prior systems for authenticating the executable applications, embodiments allow for new executable applications to be provided and verified over time with different private and public key pairs, even after the operating code of the gaming machine is certified by the jurisdiction and deployed in the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: John Hongjip Kim, Melih Ozmen, Warner R. Cockerille, IV, Ali R. Gulbag
  • Patent number: 8711176
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for implementing a reality overlay device. A reality overlay device captures information that is pertinent to physical surroundings with respect to a device, the information including at least one of visual information or audio information. The reality overlay device may transmit at least a portion of the captured information to a second device. For instance, the reality overlay device may transmit at least a portion of the captured information to a server via the Internet, where the server is capable of identifying an appropriate virtual billboard. The reality overlay device may then receive overlay information for use in generating a transparent overlay via the reality overlay device. The transparent overlay is then superimposed via the device using the overlay information, wherein the transparent overlay provides one or more transparent images that are pertinent to the physical surroundings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan Douris, Marc Perry, Barry Crane, Chris Kalaboukis, Athellina Athsani
  • 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: 8713696
    Abstract: Methods and systems for dynamically bundling portions into secured destination files are provided. Example embodiments provide a Dynamic Digital Rights Bundling System (“DDRBS”), which dynamically bundles a set of portions each variously containing digital rights management components, user interface controls, and content, into a secured destination file in response to a designated content request. In one embodiment, the DDRBS comprises a bundling engine, a translation engine, a merging engine, and an assortment of data repositories. These components cooperate to dynamically assemble and provide customized secured destination files comprising the requested content together with specialized user interface and digital rights management controls. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and it is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Demand Media, Inc.
    Inventor: Neal Bozeman
  • Patent number: 8707319
    Abstract: A method to be implemented using a computer system, the method comprising the steps of providing a resource database that specifies locations of resources for use by consumers, receiving a location communication originated by a mobile consumer device associated with a consumer at a time temporally proximate a time when the consumer accesses a resource where the location communication indicates the location of the consumer device and using the location of the consumer device indicated in the communication to update the resource database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Loc Duc Nguyen, Chris S. Nelson, Charles Quach
  • Patent number: 8694370
    Abstract: Embodiments in accordance with the present invention relate to incentive programs awarding loyalty points based at least in part upon the number of miles driven in a motor vehicle. Reward points may be earned by having the vehicle serviced at authorized locations. At the time of servicing, the authorized location notes a current vehicle odometer reading, and the odometer reading is communicated to an administrator of the loyalty program. The odometer reading is used to calculate a number of miles driven since the last authorized servicing, and the number of mile driven is then converted into loyalty points to be credited to a consumer of the vehicle. Thus, incentives for servicing only at authorized locations are provided to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Visa U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Frank R. Pender, Heather Cornwell Gray, Douglas C. Leighton
  • Patent number: 8677152
    Abstract: A system and method for storing and retrieving program material for subsequent replay is disclosed. The method includes accepting a receiver ID associated with a receiver key stored in a memory of the receiver, determining a pairing key for encrypting communications between the conditional access module and the receiver, encrypting the pairing key with the receiver key, and transmitting a message comprising the encrypted pairing key to the receiver. The apparatus comprises a receiver for receiving a data stream transmitting a media program encrypted according to a media encryption key and an encrypted media encryption key and a conditional access module, communicatively coupleable with the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Raynold M. Kahn, Gregory J. Gagnon, David D. Ha, Peter M. Klauss, Christopher P. Curren, Ronald P. Cocchi, Thomas H. James
  • Patent number: 8667598
    Abstract: When a viewer views content, it is reproduced by a reproduction procedure depending on a dynamic condition set in the content. Here, a content object data input unit obtains an externally-input content object. The content object is stored in a content object data retention unit, if necessary. The content object includes a reproduction rule and a content data. A reproduction rule evaluation and execution unit obtains the reproduction rule in the content object and performs processing in accordance with the reproduction rule. The reproduction unit reproduces a reproducible data specified by the reproduction rule evaluation and execution unit. An identifier management unit retains an identifier of a content object reproduction device and provides the identifier upon request. It is thus possible to reproduce in accordance with the reproduction rule set in the content object data and to control the reproduction procedure depending on the dynamic condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Takao Takenouchi, Takeaki Minamizawa, Naoko Ito
  • Patent number: 8646107
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for implementing a system such as a programmable chip system having hardware and software usage limitations and restrictions. Usage limitation circuitry is integrated onto a device. A usage limitation function is integrated into software, such as an operating system for the device. The usage limitation function can be configured to interact with the usage limitation circuitry. The usage limitation circuitry and the usage limitation function are operable to disable the device and the associated software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Altera Corporation
    Inventor: Joe Luther Hanson
  • 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: 8616978
    Abstract: A wagering game system and its operations are described herein. In embodiments, the operations can include managing multiple instances of gaming applications associated with a wagering game client device and determining event data from the multiple instances of gaming applications. The operations can further include aggregating the event data into an event repository and determining that a requesting application requests some portion of the event data. The operations can further include opening a communication channel between the event data repository and the requesting application, formatting the requested portion of the event data in a format understandable to the requesting application, and communicating the requested portion of the event data to the requesting application via the communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: WMS Gaming, Inc
    Inventors: Mark B. Gagner, Jacek A. Grabiec, Damon E. Gura, Budyanto Himawan, Jason A. Smith
  • Patent number: 8612630
    Abstract: This invention relates to provide a communication network system, a gateway, and a data communication method, in which the gateway has an advanced functionality. A person who issues an access request can retrieve a desired access destination easily by the following configuration: functions of routing information providing and authentication processing are added to a gateway that performs protocol conversion between two different communication networks; when an access request is issued from a public communication network such as Internet to a terminal in a local (private) communication network connected to the gateway, a request terminal is authenticated to enable prevention of unauthorized data writing and reading; and an access request user who succeeded in the authentication is provided with an active terminal list comprising accessible terminal information, or with a user condition table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Youji Kawamoto, Motomasa Futagami, Motohiko Nagano
  • 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: 8600897
    Abstract: A flexible product distribution and payment system for computer network based electronic commerce is disclosed. Primary content data 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 primary content is capable of being accessed and played back through a computer or game console at the customer site. The primary content distribution may comprise a superset of content that is intended to be used by the customer. The customer is allowed to view and access the encoded primary content, and is charged only for the primary content that is used. Content that is encoded on the medium but that is not used by the customer remains on the medium but is not charged. A content database and customer database maintained at the primary customer site maintain records of products ordered and used by the customer, as well as identification and use patterns associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventor: Masayuki Chatani
  • Patent number: 8601283
    Abstract: In some applications, it may be more convenient to the user to be able to log in the memory system using one application, and then be able to use different applications to access protected content without having to log in again. In such event, all of the content that the user wishes to access in this manner may be associated with a first account, so that all such content can be accessed via different applications (e.g. music player, email, cellular communication etc.) without having to log in multiple times. Then a different set of authentication information may then be used for logging in to access protected content that is in an account different from the first account, even where the different accounts are for the same user or entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: SanDisk Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Fabrice Jogand-Coulomb, Michael Holtzman, Bahman Qawami, Ron Barzilai
  • Patent number: 8589303
    Abstract: An asset management apparatus includes a processor for conducting arithmetic operation processing and a storage device, and executes an asset management program to detect unfairness. The asset management program includes a common asset management part common to the asset management apparatus and other devices, and a device specific asset management part specific to the asset management apparatus. The asset management apparatus acquires the device specific asset management part and device specific part setting information. When executing the asset management program, the asset management apparatus refers to the device specific part setting information, links the device specific asset management part to the asset management program, and executes the linked asset management program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Maeoka, Yoshiaki Morimoto, Akira Ioku, Koji Doi