Licensing Patents (Class 705/59)
  • Patent number: 11120437
    Abstract: The invention relates to the fields of tokenisation, blockchain and smart contract technologies. It provides a technical arrangement which simplifies the automated management of contracts. The invention comprises a method and system which use a computer-based repository for storage of the contract. The contract is then represented by a transaction on the blockchain. Metadata within the transaction's script includes a hash of the contract and a means of identifying its location within the repository. The transaction also includes an unspent output (UTXO) which indicates its status as an open (ie not terminated) contract. The contract is terminated by spending the output at a later point in time, for example, using n Lock Time+Check Lock Time Verify (CLTV). By combining this concept with other techniques and computing components, the invention can provide a powerful mechanism for implementing various tasks such as renewing or rolling over the contract, or dividing it into sub-contracts or conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: nChain Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Craig Steven Wright, Stephane Savanah
  • Patent number: 11120130
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for protecting kernel control-flow integrity using static binary instrumentation are provided. The method includes configuring a compiler to reserve a register in a processor, compiling source code into a binary based on the configured compiler, and modifying the binary to prevent exploits using the reserved register, wherein the reserved register stores a first encryption key for encrypting and decrypting return addresses. The reserved register stores an encryption key that is used to encrypt and decrypt return addresses to prevent control flow exploits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: James Gleeson, Ahmed Azab, Wenbo Shen, Rohan Bhutkar
  • Patent number: 11106450
    Abstract: An automatic firmware update method for an embedded system includes establishing wireless communication between an application layer of the embedded system and a remote server, detecting a version of firmware stored in the remote server corresponding to the embedded system while the wireless communication is established, downloading the firmware in a new version and an update policy when the firmware in the new version is available, storing the downloaded firmware in the new version and the downloaded update policy in a storage unit, issuing an update notification according to an update object of the downloaded firmware in the new version, reading the update policy according to the update notification, and performing an update procedure for updating the firmware to the new version according to the read update policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chien-Chih Hu
  • Patent number: 11108888
    Abstract: In one example, a device directory server may maintain a digital rights management list for a user device belonging to a device group associated with a user. The device directory server may maintain a primary digital rights management list associating a user device with a primary online account for a user having a content license for a digital content item. The device director server may receive a status update indicating the user device is still in use by the user if sent by the user device. The device directory server may determine whether a status update has been received from the user device. The device directory server may deactivate the user device on the primary digital rights management list when no status update has been received within a pruning period for the user device to be associated with the primary online account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Kimmell, Tianyu Fang, Nisarg Patel, Derrick Wampler, Kenneth F. Lavering, James McColl, Devin Jenson
  • Patent number: 11099979
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided to identify wall-clock time reference dependency in one or more software components of a data analytics solution. The data analytics solution is decomposed into a set of software components. A first software component of the set of software components is deployed to a first computer server and the remaining software components are deployed to a second computer server. A system clock time on the first computer server is changed to differ from the system clock of the second computer server. Based on executing a test on the data analytics solution, a determination is made of whether the first software component, is wall-clock time independent. Responsive to the test of the of the software component failing indicating that the wall-clock time of the software component is dependent of the system clock time difference, the software component is recorded as wall-clock time dependent and an administrator is notified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yuan-Chi Chang, Long Vu, Timothy R. Dinger, Venkata N. Pavuluri, Lingtao Cao
  • Patent number: 11100199
    Abstract: An example embodiment may be performed by a software application executable on a computing device and may involve communicating with a server to access records of sessions between the server and computing devices of a managed network. The managed network may contain the server and a database associated with licensed software executable on the server. The database may store the records, and the records may include network addresses of the computing devices. The example embodiment may also involve: using a set of license misuse criteria to identify, within the records, (i) a set of the sessions that meets the set of criteria and (ii) a network address of a target device involved in the set of sessions; based on the network address of the target device, identifying the target device; and storing in memory an indication identifying the target device as a potential source of misuse of the licensed software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: ServiceNow, Inc.
    Inventor: Sreenevas Subramaniam
  • Patent number: 11093585
    Abstract: A client computing device accesses license and authentication management services provided by a license and authentication management server, which communicates with an authentication server and an application server. The client computing device authenticates a user and validates a license for a client application (e.g., a signature application) executing on the client computing device. The license and authentication management server provides an authentication API configured to manage communications between the client application and an authentication server to authenticate a user of the client application. The license and authentication management server also provides a subscription API configured to manage communications between the client application and an application server to validate a license associated with the client application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Wacom Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Joss Giffard-Burley
  • Patent number: 11080369
    Abstract: An application on a mobile device may include a barcode decoder. The application may be configured to download a configuration file. The configuration file may include an enterprise identifier that is uniquely associated with an enterprise. The application may additionally be configured to obtain a license key for the barcode decoder. The license key may be based on the enterprise identifier. The application may additionally be configured to transition the barcode decoder from an inactive state to an active state conditional upon verifying that the license key is based on the enterprise identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: Ming Lei, David Bubnoski
  • Patent number: 11082219
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to detecting and protecting a class of data in an API call including determining a plurality of field names and identifying a field name to search for in the data. The technique further includes generating, in response to the identifying the field name, an encryption key and an expiration, wherein the encryption key is configured to encrypt the data. The technique also comprises encrypting the data, sending the API call to an application server, wherein the application server is configured to process the API call. The technique also includes receiving, from the application server, a request for the encryption key and validating that the encryption key has not expired. The technique also includes, sending, in response to being valid, the encryption key to the application server, and storing, in a database, a set of usage data associated with the encryption key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Weinzettl, Vinod A. Valecha
  • Patent number: 11080368
    Abstract: A digital rights management system and a digital rights management method are provided. The digital rights management system includes an authority management module, a user confirmation module and an authority blockchain. The authority management module is configured for: receiving a user authority information corresponding to a user end from a service providing; sending user authority information to the user confirmation module; receiving an identification code corresponding to the user authority information from the user confirmation module; and sending and storing the user authority information and the identification code into the authority blockchain. Therefore, the authority management module, the user confirmation module and the authority blockchain manage and protect digital rights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Shih-An Chen, Wen-Kuei Lai
  • Patent number: 11080370
    Abstract: A system and method for processing content access rights and/or entitlement rights are disclosed. A method, in one aspect, provides for receiving a selection of a content option, requesting access information associated with the selected content option, receiving access information comprising location information relating to a compatible format, requesting access rights from a first service associated with the location information, wherein the first service requests an access decision relating to the selected content option from a second service based upon the access rights, and receiving the access rights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT, LLC
    Inventor: Alfred J. Stappenbeck
  • Patent number: 11074322
    Abstract: In general, the techniques are described for locally and adaptively managing license token requests for a licensed capacity feature without an explicit grant of license tokens from a centralized license server. For example, a network device for a licensed customer may locally manage a license token request for a capacity feature operating in network license mode and thus shared/contended for among multicast network devices associated with the customer. The network device may locally determine a number of locally-available tokens for the licensed capacity feature, based at least in some examples, on a number of available network-wide tokens as indicated by the license server, the number of network devices contending for the tokens, and a number of tokens already requested by the network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Narendra Babu R., Sudhir Vitta
  • Patent number: 11068136
    Abstract: A service provider system may include an application fulfillment platform that delivers desktop applications from a variety of sources to desktops on physical computing devices or to virtual desktop instances. An entitlement service of the platform may create and store entitlement records indicating which desktop applications each end user is entitled to and may manage the allocation of license activation slots for the desktop applications that are fulfilled through the platform. Licenses may be fixed for an end user or for a device, or may be floating licenses in a pool of licenses. An administrator in a service provider customer organization may specify the entitlements for its end users and may specify constraints on the allocation of licenses. Required applications may be pushed to end user devices. An end user's desktop applications, entitlements, and/or license activations may be retained or restored following the rebuilding of their computing resource instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sheshadri Supreeth Koushik, Yang Lin, Jaimin Paresh Shah, Vikram Vijay Sahijwani, Sunil Gaba, Jeffrey Norbert Coonen
  • Patent number: 11070371
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to detecting and protecting a class of data in an API call including determining a plurality of field names and identifying a field name to search for in the data. The technique further includes generating, in response to the identifying the field name, an encryption key and an expiration, wherein the encryption key is configured to encrypt the data. The technique also comprises encrypting the data, sending the API call to an application server, wherein the application server is configured to process the API call. The technique also includes receiving, from the application server, a request for the encryption key and validating that the encryption key has not expired. The technique also includes, sending, in response to being valid, the encryption key to the application server, and storing, in a database, a set of usage data associated with the encryption key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Weinzettl, Vinod A. Valecha
  • Patent number: 11061995
    Abstract: It is an object to provide a computer system, a license management method, and a program capable of effectively using owned licenses and improving the convenience. A computer system that manages licenses of an application acquires a number of owned licenses, calculates a number of unused licenses which are not currently used, determines a number of rentable licenses from the calculated number of unused licenses, and provides the determined rentable licenses. Further, the computer system stores the number of rentable licenses and a rental period of the rentable licenses in association with each other, and provides the rentable licenses during the rental period. Furthermore, the computer system provides a minimum number of licenses among numbers of rentable licenses in the rental period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: OPTIM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunji Sugaya
  • Patent number: 11062306
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to methods, apparatuses, computer readable media and systems for securely processing remote transactions. One embodiment of the invention is directed to a method of processing a remote transaction initiated by a mobile device. The method comprises receiving, by a mobile payment application on a secure memory of the mobile device, transaction data from a transaction processor application on the mobile device. The method further comprises validating that the transaction processor application is authentic and in response to validating the transaction processor application, providing encrypted payment credentials to the transaction processor application. The transaction processor application further initiates a payment transaction with a transaction processor server computer using the encrypted payment credentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Igor Karpenko, Oleg Makhotin, Kiushan Pirzadeh, Glenn Powell, John Sheets, Erick Wong
  • Patent number: 11050760
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and techniques that can provide access control and/or identification of user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: INTRINSIC VALUE, LLC
    Inventor: Clarence J. Gideon, III
  • Patent number: 11037224
    Abstract: An objective is to provide a system for providing wine to a customer. This system is equipped with a wine storage facility for storing wine, wherein wine is deposited in the wine storage facility, and a means for issuing a bill for the wine when wine in the wine storage facility is provided to a customer. This system may also be equipped with a management means for managing wine selection in the wine storage facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Broad Edge Liqueur, Inc.
    Inventor: Eishi Maruoka
  • Patent number: 11037077
    Abstract: A workflow server can receive requests, each for a business process workflow conforming to a business process model. Each business process workflow can include a set of interdependent tasks. The workflow server can satisfy received requests by assigning tasks to different service providers that provide software services. Each of the tasks can be assigned to corresponding ones of the software services. For each task, the workflow server can also defines an allocated cost per software service, and a time allocation per software service for completing the corresponding one of the tasks. Different service providers, including those assigned to tasks, can receive information for ones of the tasks not directly assigned to them by the workflow server. The different service providers can then bid on these tasks. Wherein when bids are won, tasks for a business process flow can be reassigned based on winning bids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua L. Purcell, Tassanee K. Supakkul, Mathews Thomas, Julio Wong
  • Patent number: 11032414
    Abstract: A communication apparatus includes a user signal transmission unit that transmits a user signal required for an end user to perform communication; a manager function implementing unit that implements a function provided to a manager of the present apparatus; a license monitoring unit that monitors a license of the present apparatus, and outputs a function limitation signal when the license has expired; and a function limitation unit that limits the function implemented by the manager function implementing unit when receiving the function limitation signal. In a communication apparatus that transmits a user signal required for an end user to perform communication, a function of the apparatus is limited when a relevant license has expired, while preventing an influence of the limitation upon the end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kaichiro Saito
  • Patent number: 11032589
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method for controlling access to media is provided, the method comprising: receiving an encrypted media content stream from a media content source that includes first media content corresponding to at least a portion of a media content item; requesting a second media content stream that includes second media content having a playback position adjacent to the first media content, wherein the second media content stream includes key information for decrypting the encrypted media content stream; decrypting the encrypted media content stream using the key information included in the second media content stream; and causing the decrypted media content stream to be presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Inskip
  • Patent number: 11023181
    Abstract: A method for operating multiple client printing systems is described. The method includes creating an administration account. The method also includes instantiating a printing manager instance for each of the multiple client printing systems. The multiple client printing systems are associated with the administration account. The method further includes presenting a data structure comprising an object associated with each of the multiple client printing systems. The method additionally includes determining license usage data for the multiple client printing systems based on the printing manager instances. The method also includes presenting the license usage data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: PrinterLogic, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Johannes Theodorus Daams, Corey Clint Ercanbrack
  • Patent number: 11017059
    Abstract: When a license management server according to the present exemplary embodiment receives a request for changing a license of a first version to a license of a second version from a license operation server that leases a license to a client, the license management server changes an expiration date of the license of the first version to a predetermined period of time later, and issues the license of the second version. Then, the license of the first version of which expiration date has been changed to the predetermined period of time later and the issued license of the second version are transmitted to the license operation server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Fuse
  • Patent number: 11003714
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for processing and executing queries in a data intake and query system. The data intake and query system receives a query identifying a set of data to be processed and a manner of processing the set of data. The data intake and query system uses a search node catalog to identify search nodes that are available to execute the query and uses a bucket catalog to identify buckets to be searched. The data intake and query system executes the query using the identified bucket and search nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Splunk Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandros Batsakis, Ashish Mathew, Christopher Madden Pride, Bharath Kishore Reddy Aleti, Sourav Pal, Arindam Bhattacharjee, James Monschke
  • Patent number: 10956540
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods, and computer storage media directed to providing unified digital rights management (DRM) across heterogeneous computing platforms. In embodiments, a unified DRM engine executed on a computing platform validates one or more constraints defined by a first content license associated with consumption of encrypted content. In response to successful validation, the unified DRM engine, in some embodiments, utilizes a second content license that is associated with the computing platform to enable a native DRM engine of the computing platform to decrypt the encrypted content. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: ADOBE INC.
    Inventors: Aldrin Chella Daniel, Praveen Kumar Vivekananthan
  • Patent number: 10956836
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein provide systems and methods for a crowd-funding server for users to pledge to purchase tickets to an event based on a number of users that have pledged to purchase tickets for an event and the gender ratio of the users that have pledged to purchase the tickets for the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Joshua Christopher Joachim
  • Patent number: 10949505
    Abstract: A system may include a license publishing server and a plurality of licensing servers arranged in a cluster and configured to communicate with the license publishing server to obtain a given number of authorized licenses for virtual computing sessions associated with the cluster. The system may also include a plurality of virtualization servers configured to obtain authorized licenses from the plurality of licensing servers and run virtual computing sessions for client computing devices based upon the authorized licenses. The licensing servers may cooperate with one another to distribute licenses to the virtualization servers based upon a consensus protocol and the given number of authorized licenses associated with the cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: CITRIX SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Chinmay Dargar, Bruce Fortune
  • Patent number: 10936702
    Abstract: A license managing method including an execution device that executes software and a software storage device coupled to the execution device further includes a license storage device that stores license information indicating the number of licenses for permitting a license of the software, and the license managing method includes the step of license-managing of controlling storage of the software to be downloaded into the software storage device or execution of the software by the execution device based on the license information stored in the license storage device when the software whose license permission is required is downloaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichi Ishimi, Atsushi Wakao, Takashi Nakatani
  • Patent number: 10932008
    Abstract: We disclose a technology implemented on a computer that automates sequential display of messages, typically videos, which appear on a user's display screen in the same place or in overlapping areas of a single window in a browser. In particular, this relates to displaying a message that arbitrarily may be in a different format than a requested video, with the first message programmed to appear before or after the requested video in substantially the same area of the user's display screen where the requested video will appear or has appeared. The message and the requested video are sequenced without any need to match formats or players used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Beachfront Media LLC
    Inventor: Frank Sinton
  • Patent number: 10924899
    Abstract: Systems and processes that incorporate teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving a request for a streaming video application service from a mobile device and, responsive to determining a relationship between a service provider of a wireless access point and a service provider of a cellular network providing the streaming video application service via the cellular services. Responsive to determining that the wireless access point is in a communication range of the mobile device based on a proximity of the wireless access point to the mobile device, a communication session is initiated between the mobile device and the wireless access point. Delivery of the streaming video application service to the mobile device is switched from over the cellular network to over the wireless access point. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Jin He
  • Patent number: 10915874
    Abstract: A system and process for converting a digital media file into a digital token is disclosed. The embodiments modify a digital media file so that a set of rules are attached to the digital media file creating a digital token, which can be used to persist the digital media file through a network. In an exemplary embodiment, the network is a distributed ledger or blockchain based network that securely tracks distribution of the digital media file. The digital token may have a value added to it or value may intrinsically exist as the digital token is persisted through the network. The value associated with distribution of the digital media file may be used to reward the owner of the digital media file, distributors of the token, or as an incentive program for commercial transactions and non-commercial transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Loyyal Corporation
    Inventors: Shannon Code, Sean Dennis, Gregory Simon
  • Patent number: 10917516
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein disclose methods and systems for providing selective data access to representatives. In some embodiments, the system can monitor a call between a user and a representative regarding a subject matter. The user can have an associated profile with data, and the data can be locked such that the representative cannot access the data. During the conversation between the representative and the user, the system can continuously convert both parties' speech into text. The system can determine an intent of the call based on the text and unlock a portion of the data about the user based on the determined intent of the call. Only the unlocked portion of the data is displayed to the representative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Andrew L. Anaruk, Patrick Adam, Benjamin Goos, Gabriel Carlos Fernandez, Ana Maldonado
  • Patent number: 10909173
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed for scalable architectures for reference signature matching and updating. An example method for scalable architectures for reference signature matching and updating includes accessing site signatures to be compared to reference signatures from a first group of media sources. Determining if a first reference node is an owner of a first one of the site signatures. Comparing a neighborhood of site signatures including the first site signature to reference signatures in a first subset of reference signatures when the first reference node is the owner of the first site signature, the first subset of references signatures stored in a first memory partition associated with the first reference node. Not comparing site signature to reference signatures when the first reference node is not the owner of the first one of the site signatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Raghuram Ranganathan, Anand Jain, Venugopal Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 10902094
    Abstract: A file validation method and system is provided. The method includes retrieving from an authoritative source system, an artifact file. Identification information identifying a requesting user of the artifact file is recorded and associated metadata and a modified artifact file comprising the metadata combined with the artifact file are generated. An encryption key including a first portion and a second portion is generated and the first portion is stored within a central key store database. An encrypted package comprising the modified artifact file and the second portion of the key is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rhonda L. Childress, Michael J. Spisak, George E. Stark
  • Patent number: 10872610
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for generating random pass-phrases using word-level recurrent neural networks (RNNs). A pass-phrase includes a random sequence of words selected from a text corpus used to train an RNN model. The pass-phrase generation process utilizes a seed phrase obtained from the training text corpus, and a random bit string. The seed phrase is processed by the RNN model to generate a set of predicted words and associated likelihood values that the predicted words are a next word following the seed phrase. The prediction results are encoded into a binary tree which is traversed using a portion of the random bit string to identify a word at a leaf node which matches the portion of the random bit string. The identified word is selected as a constituent of the random pass-phrase, and the process is repeated until the random bit stream is exhausted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: RSA Security LLC
    Inventor: Naveen Sunkavally
  • Patent number: 10861070
    Abstract: In a system and method for processing and implementing product regulations at a retail enterprise, a list is received by a retail server of products offered for sale by the enterprise that are regulation eligible, the received list of products is compared with product data identifying products offered for sale to all customers of the enterprise, each product in a database of the enterprise that matches a product in the list and that is not already marked therein as regulation eligible is marked as regulation eligible, and for each product so marked at least one characteristic of the product upon which regulation eligibility is based is determined, the database is searched to identify similar products that include the at least one characteristic, and for each identified similar product a request is transmitted for a determination of regulation eligibility thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Meijer, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Dika
  • Patent number: 10853836
    Abstract: The unified payment system, product and method provide an effective and efficient way to better communicate to a merchant the value of running a promotion and determine a deal structure that works for the merchant, the customer, the promotion system, or any combination thereof. The unified payment system, product and method provide real-time ROI calculations that a merchant and sales representative can collaboratively simultaneously work on to identify a deal structure for the merchant to select. In this way, the merchant and sales representative may arrive at a mutually acceptable payment plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: Jadam Kahn, Mike Aparicio, Michael Hines, Shafiq Shariff, Todd Webb, Derek Nordquist
  • Patent number: 10846374
    Abstract: A request for a digital license associated with a software product is received from a device. The request includes a user ID of a user of the device, with the digital license having been generated in response to a request to activate the software product with a product key. A check is made as to whether a digital license bound to the user ID is available, and also whether the digital license can be returned to the device in accordance with the terms of the digital license. The digital license is returned if the digital license can be returned to the device in accordance with the terms (regardless of whether the device is a same device from which the product key was activated), and otherwise is not returned. The digital license can be removed from the device in accordance with the terms of the digital license.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Egor Nikitin, Viswanath Vadlamani, Alexander Kochis
  • Patent number: 10846394
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes one or more processors. One or more processors acquire first distinctive information of a first piece of software to be executed. When a whitelist that specifies distinctive information of pieces of software that are permitted to be executed records the distinctive information indicating the first distinctive information, one or more processors distinctively identify, as second distinctive information, the distinctive information of a second piece of software that represents another piece of software relating to the first piece of software in the whitelist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Naoki Ogura, Yoshikazu Hanatani, Shinya Takumi, Masanobu Koike, Hiroyoshi Haruki
  • Patent number: 10839402
    Abstract: A method, process, and system for multi-tier resale is discussed here. Acceptance proxies may be distributed to downstream resellers and customers. The acceptance proxies may be registered with a producer who provides a service. The acceptance proxies may be registers directly, or anonymously. Escrow services may ensure each party has fulfilled its contractual obligations before access to the service is granted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Michael John Dutch, Christopher Hercules Claudatos
  • Patent number: 10839354
    Abstract: A computer program for providing access to auto insurance information comprises a first software widget and a second software widget. The first software widget may appear on a display of a mobile electronic device. When selected by a user, the first software widget displays a first information screen that includes a phone number and a mailing address for an insurance agent of the user. The second software widget may also appear on the display. When selected by the user, the second software widget displays a second information screen that includes an image of an auto insurance card of the user. The second software widget may compare an expiration date from the second information screen with the current date and generate a first indicia if the expiration date occurred before the current date (such as if the virtual auto insurance card is out of date and needs to be updated).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: David J. Hughes, Scott Anderson, David Arnold
  • Patent number: 10831867
    Abstract: An approach and mechanism relative to a license that is forced or locked to a particular localization. Forcing a license of a product to be localized may be effected with an attribute specifying the locale or language of a particular region, area, or country. The lock-to-locale region or area may be set and thus force a use of localization settings, lexicon files and resources of the particular region, area or country. A hash or code may be developed and embedded as a value of an attribute on the lock-to-locale feature. The hash or code on the files installed may be validated by matching it with the hash or code securely stored within the license file to ensure that the localization files for the region or area have not been tampered with or changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Donaldson, Patrick Brisbine
  • Patent number: 10831868
    Abstract: A method, system, apparatus, and a computer program product are provided for managing a rate-based license by monitoring geographic location information for each of a plurality of users in different time zones and adjusting allocations of an application license for a user organization across the plurality of users based on the geographic location information for the plurality of users and an amount of the application license expected to be used during specified peak hours at each geographic location so that the application license is allocated to permit each usage for each user during the specified peak hours at each geographic location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher C. Fraser
  • Patent number: 10831535
    Abstract: Preferred embodiments of systems and methods are disclosed to reduce a minimal working voltage, Vmin, and/or increase the frequency of Vmin while executing multithreaded computer programs with better reliability, efficiency, and performance. A computer complier complies multiple copies of high-level code, each with different a different set of resource allocators so system resources are allocated during simultaneous execution of multiple threads in a way that allows reducing Vmin at a given reference voltage frequency and/or increasing the frequency of Vmin at a given Vmin value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jingwen Leng, Alper Buyuktosunoglu, Pradip Bose, Ramon Bertran Monfort
  • Patent number: 10805293
    Abstract: Methods and electronic devices are provided for providing a service update. First data including first information is received from a first external device as a second external device authenticates the electronic device as a target for an update of a first application program. A relevant interface is output by processing the first data. Second information related to the first application program stored in the electronic device is obtained in response to a user input applied to at least a partial area of the interface. Second data related to a request for the update of the first application program is transmitted to the first external device when the first information included in the first data corresponds to the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Joo Hyun Kim, Hyoung Joon Park
  • Patent number: 10796001
    Abstract: A software verification method and apparatus are disclosed, applied to the cloud computing field and the communications field, and can be used to automatically verify whether an installation file of VNF software has been tampered with. The method includes: obtaining installation files of VNF software and signature files of the installation files, where the signature files of the installation files are used to store verification information of the installation files; verifying the installation files according to the signature files of the installation files; and determining, if the verification of the installation files succeeds, that the VNF software has not been tampered with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yujin Qin
  • Patent number: 10789088
    Abstract: An example method is provided for a first host running a client software to provision a virtual machine on the first host in a virtualized computing environment including one or more hosts. The method may include generating a license key message, transmitting the license key message to a second host via a peer-to-peer (P2P) network including the first host and the second host, receiving a determination of the second host whether the virtual machine can be provisioned on the first host via the P2P network, and deciding whether to provision the virtual machine on the first host based on the determination. Some example license key messages may include a license key and a seat number and a sharable level indicator associated with the license key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: VMWARE, INC.
    Inventors: Junfei Wu, Yingfeng Ou, Dongyang Li, Xiaodong Ye, Xinzheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10769860
    Abstract: A system for switching a 3D asset between art styles, including a user interface to receive an art style selection, and a 3D character software development kit (SDK) engine. The 3D character SDK engine receives a selected art style from the user interface, determines identifying characteristics of the 3D asset, removes the identifying characteristics from the 3D asset to return the 3D asset to a base figure, receives style deformations based on the selected art style, applies the style deformations to the base figure to form a new 3D asset based on the selected style, and applies the identifying characteristics to the new 3D asset based on the selected style.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: DG Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Janzer, Jon Middleton, Berkley Frei
  • Patent number: 10771866
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for synchronizing audio and video content on multiple media devices are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Nikita Gupta, Kenneth MacKay
  • Patent number: 10757108
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a memory and at least one processor. The memory stores correspondence information associating application identification information, identifying installed applications, with usage authorization information, related to usage authorization of the applications. The processor, upon a request being received from an application requesting the usage authorization information, can specify usage authorization information associated with the application identification information included in the request. The processor can then notify the application of the requesting source, requesting the usage authorization information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Hayashi, Yoshimi Satoh