Prevention Of Unauthorized Use Of Data Including Prevention Of Piracy, Privacy Violations, Or Unauthorized Data Modification Patents (Class 726/26)
  • Patent number: 9871775
    Abstract: A system and method for achieving authorization in confidential group communications in terms of an ordered list of data blocks representing a tamper-resistant chronological account of group membership updates. This method permits ad-hoc and decentralized group definition, dynamic and decentralized membership updates, open sharing, tamper resistance, and tracking of membership history. There are many applications of these techniques. One such application is enabling end-to-end encryption of instant messaging, content sharing, and streamed media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Biggs, Shaun Cooley, Matt Miller, Sean Whitsell
  • Patent number: 9870484
    Abstract: A method for redacting an electronic document (ED) having a file format, including: obtaining a request to redact a sensitive data item in the ED; identifying a first and a second instance of the sensitive data item in a markup of the ED, where the second instance of the sensitive data item is not visible in a rendered version of the ED; and generating a redacted ED having the file format by replacing the first and the second instance of the sensitive data item with a neutral data item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Laboratory U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Darrell Eugene Bellert
  • Patent number: 9872067
    Abstract: Systems and methods for authentication generate keys from secret credentials shared between authenticating parties and authenticators. Generation of the keys may involve utilizing specialized information in the form of parameters that are used to specialize keys. Keys and/or information derived from keys held by multiple authorities may be used to generate other keys such that signatures requiring such keys and/or information can be verified without access to the keys. Keys may also be derived to form a hierarchy of keys that are distributed such that a key holder's ability to decrypt data depends on the key's position in the hierarchy relative to the position of a key used to encrypt the data. Key hierarchies may also be used to distribute key sets to content processing devices to enable the devices to decrypt content such that sources or potential sources of unauthorized content are identifiable from the decrypted content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory B. Roth, Marc R. Barbour, Bradley Jeffery Behm, Cristian M. Ilac, Eric Jason Brandwine
  • Patent number: 9864978
    Abstract: A Master device (e.g., a SIM card) is configured with information regarding one or more Slave devices (e.g., SIM cards) that are associated with the Master device. The Master device is installed in a user device that receives content files and access and usage rights from a content provider. The Master device identifies one or more Slave devices that are associated with the Master device and transmits content files and the rights data to the Slave devices. A user device in which a Slave device is installed receives the content files and rights data sent by the Master device. The Slave device extracts a key from the rights data and provides the key to a decryption component of the user device, which uses the key to decrypt the content file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Michael D. Kotzin
  • Patent number: 9867041
    Abstract: The systems and methods can provide location privacy protection by incorporating temporal correlations of a user's locations. The method may include obtaining a first location of a user of a mobile user device. The method may further include determining one or more probable locations of the user for a time period from historical location information. The method may further include determining a reference location based on the first location and/or the one or more probable locations. The method may include determining a set of location(s) defining a bounded region based on the one or more probable locations and/or the reference location and privacy parameter(s) associated with the user. The method may include determining a second location from the bounded region and determining protected location information based on the reference location and the second location. The method may include communicating the protected location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Emory University
    Inventors: Li Xiong, Yonghui Xiao
  • Patent number: 9858119
    Abstract: Embodiments include method, systems and computer program products for resource management of untrusted programs. In some embodiments, a first request to process an asynchronous event by an untrusted application may be received. The first request may include a host memory address. A counter may be incremented in response to receiving the first request. A device memory address may be retrieved from a device translation table using the host memory address. Processing the first request by a device using the device memory address may be facilitated. A second request to unregister the host memory address may be received. The counter may be determined to be non-zero. An action may be implemented in response to determining that the counter is non-zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dale F. Riedy, Anthony T. Sofia, Brad D. Stilwell
  • Patent number: 9853951
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing services are disclosed. One aspect comprises authenticating a user associated with a first service, receiving a selection of a second service, generating an opaque identifier associated with the user and the first service, wherein the opaque identifier facilitates the anonymous collection of data relating to the second service. Another aspect can comprise transmitting the opaque identifier to the second service, and receiving data relating to the second service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: David Mays, Jason Press
  • Patent number: 9853817
    Abstract: A system comprises a memory, interface, and processor. The system is operable to store a plurality of attestations, where at least one of the plurality of attestations comprise a reason statement for signing an artifact. The system is further operable to display at least one of the plurality of attestations and receive a first selection of a first attestation. The system generates an expanded artifact by concatenating the artifact and the first attestation. The system creates a first digital signature based on the expanded artifact creates a first enhanced digital signature by applying the first digital signature and the first attestation. Further, the system stores the first enhanced digital signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Mark L. LaGrone, Michael R. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 9824186
    Abstract: A system for confidentially retrieving data from a person, such as by authorized personnel. One embodiment provides a data carrier item such as jewelry, having encrypted data imparted upon the item in manner that only intelligible after being unencrypted. Such data can be encrypted and/or invisibly disposed such that the data is not identifiable by the public, but can be quickly and accurately retrieved by authorized personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: LifeQode, LLC
    Inventor: Michael P. Lacey
  • Patent number: 9819681
    Abstract: A modular, expandable, and flexible computer system device is provided. The computer system device comprising a multiple number of individual modules interconnected physically via ‘back plane’ means with each module independently processing and executing specified computer functions utilizing internal or shared resources. Electrical power distribution and data communications are positioned between modules with the electrical power distribution and data communications internal to the base unit module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Danilo E. Fonseca, Manny A. Fonseca
  • Patent number: 9817999
    Abstract: Techniques are discussed for performing a demand reset in a wireless meter reading environment, in a manner such that demand data may not be lost. In response to receiving a command from a mobile device of a requester, a meter may store demand value(s) in a log, reset register(s) that store the demand value(s) and wirelessly provide the demand value(s) to the mobile device of the requester. Due to the lack of reliability associated with wireless communications between the meter and a requestor, the requestor may not actually receive the demand value(s). Upon receiving a subsequent command for the demand value(s), the meter may determine that the command is a replay, and provide the demand value(s) without resetting the register(s). Techniques are also discussed for generating the commands, securing the commands, and providing the commands to mobile devices in route packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventor: Bret Gregory Holmdahl
  • Patent number: 9817747
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method may include (1) providing a framework that includes (A) a user-space component that runs at a client site and (B) a kernel-space component that runs at a remote site, (2) identifying attributes of objects that reside at the remote site and whose addresses are unknown at the client site, (3) generating a script to test a function of a kernel running on the remote site based at least in part on the attributes, and (4) performing a remote unit testing of the function of the kernel by executing the script such that the user-space component (A) generates a message that identifies the attributes and (B) sends the message to the kernel-space component to facilitate (I) obtaining references to the objects by way of the attributes and (II) invoking the function by way of the references. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan T. Looney, Pranavadatta Devaki Narasimha Bhatta, Reji Thomas, Satish Dattatri
  • Patent number: 9820217
    Abstract: A wireless local area network access point includes a memory that stores a program for enabling a separate dual mode device to access a wireless local area network through the wireless local area network access point, a processor that executes the program, and a transmitter that transmits a beacon signal that identifies the wireless local area network. The wireless local area network access point receives instructions to allow the separate dual mode device to access the wireless local area network, in response to the separate dual mode device transmitting information about the wireless local area network access point and about the dual mode device via a cellular network distinct from the wireless local area network. The wireless local area network access point provides access to the wireless local area network to the separate dual mode device in response to receiving the instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Rias Muhamed, Anil Doradla
  • Patent number: 9813453
    Abstract: A device management system is configured to manage access to electronic documents on client devices using policies. The policies specify one or more download and processing restrictions to be enforced with respect to the particular electronic document at client devices for example, particular hardware and software configurations that are required at client devices before data is permitted to be downloaded to those client devices. The policies may also specify other requirements that must be satisfied before data is permitted to be downloaded to those client devices, for example, user authentication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tetsuro Motoyama
  • Patent number: 9800558
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable storage media for encrypting data to provide encrypted data for storage in a database. Implementations include actions of receiving, at client-side computing device, an input set including a plaintext value that is to be encrypted to provide an encrypted value, determining whether the plaintext value is stored in a search tree that is stored by the client-side computing device, if the plaintext value is not stored in the search tree, the encrypted value is provided using deterministic encryption of the plaintext value, and if the plaintext value is stored in the search tree, the encrypted value is provided using randomized encryption of the plaintext value, updating the search tree to include a node including the plaintext value and the encrypted value, and transmitting the encrypted value to a server-side computing device for storage of the encrypted value in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Florian Kerschbaum
  • Patent number: 9792595
    Abstract: Techniques for transferring secured data from a vending device to a portable data storage device are described herein. The vending device receives a request from a user of the portable data storage device for digital contents to be stored on the portable data storage device and requests for a payment for the requested digital contents to be paid by the user. The vending device locates a first portable storage identification (PSID) parameter unique to the portable data storage device, and then generates a rights object including a second PSID parameter that is equal to the first PSID parameter to prevent the digital contents from being accessed at a data storage medium other than the portable data storage device. It is to be appreciated some or all of the above processing can be completed by a back-end device separate from the vending device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Hui Lin
  • Patent number: 9787950
    Abstract: A fuel authorization system enables data to be exchanged between vehicles and a fuel vendor, to verify that the vehicle is authorized to receive fuel. Each fuel island is equipped with a camera and a short range radio (RF) component. Participating vehicles are equipped with fuel authorization component including an IR transmitter and a RF component that can establish a data link with the fuel island's RF unit. When the camera senses a vehicle in the fuel lane, an RF query is sent to the vehicle. Participating vehicles respond with an IR transmission. An RF data link is then established between the enrolled vehicle and the fuel vendor to verify that the vehicle is authorized to receive fuel. Once the verification is complete, the fuel dispenser is enabled. In some embodiments, the IR data link is not required, as the camera can distinguish between multiple fuel lanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: ZONAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Charles King, Rick Fadler, Charles Michael McQuade
  • Patent number: 9785635
    Abstract: A document checking apparatus includes a keyword appearance position extracting unit that extracts keywords and the appearance positions of the keywords from a target document including a confidential document; a keyword pair extracting unit that treats each keyword of the appearance positions of the extracted keywords as a target and determines whether there is another extracted keyword within a predetermined range before and after the target keyword; a feature element matrix creating unit that generates, when it is determined that there is the another keyword, combination information obtained by combining the determination target keyword and the another keyword in association with anteroposterior information of the appearance positions of the keywords; and a computing unit that determines whether the number of combination information, among the plurality of combination information of the generated target document, identical to the combination information of the confidential document is not less than a prede
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tsuda
  • Patent number: 9785795
    Abstract: A data management service identifies sensitive data stored on enterprise databases according to record classification rules that classify a data record as having a sensitive data type if the data record includes fields matching at least one of the record classification rules. The data management service determines assessment scores for enterprise databases according to sensitive data records and protection policies on the enterprise databases. The data management service provides an interface that groups enterprise databases having common attributes or common sensitive data types and indicates aggregated assessment scores for the groups of enterprise databases. Through the interface with the grouped enterprise databases, an administrator apply protection policies to enterprise databases. To apply the protection policy, the data management service applies the protection policy to a source database from which dependent enterprise databases access the sensitive database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Informatica, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Grondin, Rahul Gupta
  • Patent number: 9781133
    Abstract: A system for automatic stability determination and deployment of discrete parts of a profile representing normal behavior to provide fast protection of web applications is disclosed. The system, in response to a sensor collecting from HTTP requests sent by the clients to the web application installed on the protected device, automatically creates for a web application a profile with discrete parts that will represent normal behavior so that deviations from the profile can be considered anomalous. The system automatically determines that a first of the discrete parts of the profile has become stable. The system then automatically deploys the first discrete part of the profile to the sensor that now will compare with the first discrete part of the profile subsequent HTTP requests sent by the clients to the web application to detect deviations from the normal behavior represented by the first discrete part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Imperva, Inc.
    Inventors: Amichai Shulman, Michael Boodaei, Shlomo Kramer
  • Patent number: 9779089
    Abstract: A system and method for auto-storing and synchronizing device content from an information handling system is disclosed. The method includes identifying a first device within a pre-determined range of a docking station, the first device operable to communicate with the docking station. The method further includes pairing with the first device. The method includes detecting a file on the first device. The method further includes uploading the file to a cloud services system. The method further includes creating a pointer, the pointer pointing to the file's location on the cloud services system. The method further includes storing the pointer to the file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Claude Lano Cox, Liam B. Quinn, Mark W. Welker, Rocco Ancona
  • Patent number: 9779426
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to share media are disclosed. An example system includes a first device to capture, via a sensor, a representation of media being presented by a media presentation device separate from the first device. The first device to send a first user identifier of a first user of the first device, a second user identifier of a second user, different from the first user, and the representation of media to a media share facility. In response to the sending of the first user identifier, the second user identifier and the representation of media to the media share facility, receiving access to the media for the second user. When the access to the media is provided to the second user, crediting the media content with audience-interest credit based on the first user identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Arun Ramaswamy, Alan Nguyen Bosworth
  • Patent number: 9773045
    Abstract: Search results may include both objective results and person results. In one example, a search query is evaluated to determine whether it is the type of query that a user might want to ask to a friend. If the query is of such a type, then the search engine may examine a social graph to determine which friends of the user who entered the query may have information that is relevant to answering the query. If such friends exist, then the friends may be displayed along with objective search results, along with an explanation of each friend's relevance to the query. Clicking on a person in the results may cause a conversation to be initiated with that person, thereby allowing the user who entered the query to ask his or her friend about the subject of the query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sandy Wong, Wei Mu, Jun Yin, Rahul Nair, Simon King, Srinivasan Badrinarayanan, Xavier Legros, Michael Ching, Kevin Haas, Shubha Nabar
  • Patent number: 9774577
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices, systems, and methods for securing data using attribute based data access. The data may correspond to a sensory environment, and the data is secured at the device. The device secures the data by segmenting the data into number of segments and defining an access policy, further submitting the access policy to a PKG of system for generating Access Tree having attributes at different level for accessing the data. These Access Trees are securely stored on the device using IBE mechanism. Further, the data after being secured, is uploaded to a system for analysis. At the system, an access request may be received for accessing the data. The access request further includes a request attribute, whereby the system verifies if the attribute satisfies the Access Policy. If the verification is positive, an access may be provided to the data accessor for accessing the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Shivraj Vijayshankar Lokamathe, Rajan Mindigal Alasingara Bhattachar, Barkur Suryanarayana Adiga, Meena Singh Dilip Thakur, Balamuralidhar Purushothaman
  • Patent number: 9766914
    Abstract: A client supported by remote maintenance in an electronic network configured to serve a plurality of clients may comprise a plurality of nodes, a first virtual machine (VM), a second virtual machine, and a virtual machine manager (VMM). The first VM may handle data associated with an external data center. The second VM may be associated with one of the plurality of nodes. The VMM may be configured to manage data transfer between the first VM and the second VM. The first VM may be configured to assess a state of the client system and identify a software update for installation on the one of the plurality of nodes. The software update may be configured to maintain identity between the data in the one of the plurality of nodes and the data center. The VMM may manage an attestation process prior to delivering or installing the software update on the client system using the first VM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Seigo Kotani, Masato Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9769174
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure can present information on services hosted and used by various assets on a network, and allow users to control access to such services. In particular, embodiments of the disclosure may be used to present one or more services hosted by a network asset, and control access to such services by other network assets based on user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: CATBIRD NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Malcolm Rieke, James Sebastian Dennis
  • Patent number: 9769019
    Abstract: A device management apparatus is connected to a plurality of devices and a plurality of information processing apparatuses using the devices, through a network. The device management apparatus includes: an obtaining unit that obtains usage amount information about usage amounts from the devices; a calculation unit that calculates unit usage amounts that are usage amounts of the respective devices per unit period, using the usage amount information about the respective devices; an analysis unit that analyzes use of the devices using the unit usage amounts of the respective devices; a change unit that changes allocation of the information processing apparatuses to the devices based on an analysis result in order to equalize use of the devices; and a notification unit that notifies the information processing apparatus for which an allocated device has been changed, of usage information required to use the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiko Maruyama
  • Patent number: 9767634
    Abstract: Systems and methods for measuring consumption of entertainment commodities distributed through at least two distribution channels by at least one distribution network operator to one or more media receivers. The methods include collecting consumption data from at least one distribution network operator. The at least one distribution network operator distributes entertainment commodities through at least a first distribution channel and a second distribution channel. The collected consumption data relates to entertainment commodities distributed through at least the first distribution channel and the second distribution channel. The collected consumption data includes at least one inconsistency. The collected consumption data is loaded into a computerized database adapted to store, process, and report on consumption. Cleaned consumption data is produced by reconciling consumption data inconsistencies. A consumption data report is based at least in part on the cleaned consumption data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Rentrak Corporation
    Inventors: Amir Yazdani, Ken M. Papagan, Cathy S. Hetzel, Aaron J. Harsh, Chris R. Behnke
  • Patent number: 9769146
    Abstract: An information processing system comprises: a management unit that performs management by associating an electronic certificate for a first group with notification destination information regarding a user who belongs to a second group and has a role in managing to allow the service to be used by the user belonging to the first group; and a notification unit that, in response to a remaining period until an expiration date of the electronic certificate falling below a predetermined value, identifies the notification destination information regarding the user belonging to the second group associated with the electronic certificate from among notification destination information, and performs a notification to update the electronic certificate based on the identified notification destination information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Makoto Mihara
  • Patent number: 9762588
    Abstract: When a request to connect a requesting user to a target user is received by the social networking system, information associated with the requesting user and with users connected to the target user is retrieved. A fraud probability score indicating a probability that the requesting user is impersonating a user connected to the target user is determined based on the information associated with the requesting user and with users connected to the target user. Based on the fraud probability score, a determination is made whether the requesting user is a suspected imposter and remedial action is taken if imposter is suspected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Nicholas Hudack, Samuel Lessin
  • Patent number: 9762444
    Abstract: Detecting a mobile device management (MDM) profile from a management agent is disclosed. A third party management agent is used to perform a test operation to determine an occurrence of an indirect indication of a presence of a configuration profile. The occurrence of the indirect indication is based at least in part on the presence of indirect indication-associated data in the configuration profile. It is determined, based at least in part on the occurrence of the indirect indication, that the configuration profile is implemented by a platform management agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: MOBILE IRON, INC.
    Inventor: Mansu Kim
  • Patent number: 9747592
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an end-to-end federated CDN solution that assimilates a transparent caching server that is operated by a transparent caching server operator into a CDN that independently operates CDN caching servers. Specifically, the logs from the transparent caching server are assimilated into the CDN by aggregating the logs from the transparent caching server and processing the transparent caching server logs to identify network usage for content of a CDN content provider customer that is delivered by the transparent caching server. The network usage is then combined with the network usage that tracked by the CDN caching servers in order to provide comprehensive report metrics for the content provider customer and to bill the content provider customer for all network usage related to delivering the content provider customer's content irrespective of whether the content was delivered by a transparent caching server or a CDN caching server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Digital Media Services Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lientz, Alexander A. Kazerani, James Segil
  • Patent number: 9749491
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided with USB sockets on front and back sides, and includes a determining unit for determining whether or not a USB device inserted to a front side USB socket 184 is a function enhancement device, and a control unit making, when it is determined by the determining unit that a function enhancement device is inserted to the front side USB socket 184, the USB device unusable and making, when it is determined that a USB device other than the function enhancement device is inserted, the USB device usable. Thus, it is possible to prevent a USB wireless LAN adapter or the like from being used constantly connected to the front side USB socket and thereby to reduce possibility of USB wireless LAN adapter of being damaged or removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Ishikura
  • Patent number: 9747768
    Abstract: Methods and systems receive location identification tokens from transmitters using a portable computerized device. A first location identification token is received from a first location transmitting device, while the portable computerized device is within a predetermined distance from a designated location. A second location identification token is received from a second location transmitting device. A current location signature is calculated using the first and second location identification tokens. A previously stored location signature associated with the first and second location identification tokens is obtained from a computer readable storage medium. The current location signature is compared with the previously stored location signature to determine a similarity measure. The location identification tokens and the current location signature are stored in a memory and transmitted to a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Peter J. Zehler, Gavan Tredoux, Premkumar Rajendran
  • Patent number: 9749853
    Abstract: A method comprises receiving an indication of an activity to be performed, obtaining an indication of a current location of a user, transmitting, to a server, information relating to an area in which the location for the activity is to be identified, said information including the current location and one or more criteria relating to activity type and/or required privacy level, receiving, from the server, location information identifying one or more candidate locations for the activity. If a suitable candidate location cannot be identified within the area, further information regarding the candidate locations may be obtained, and comments regarding future conditions or shortcomings of the candidate location may be displayed, or the activity may be divided into two or more sub-tasks to be performed at different locations. The user's progress in performing the activity may be monitored, so that the displayed candidate locations can be updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Debmalya Biswas, Julian Nolan, Matthew Lawrenson
  • Patent number: 9747443
    Abstract: A system for securing an electronic device includes a non-volatile memory, a processor coupled to the non-volatile memory, a resource of the electronic device, firmware residing in the non-volatile memory and executed by the processor, and a firmware security agent residing in the firmware. The firmware is communicatively coupled to the resource of an electronic device. The firmware security agent is configured to, at a level below all of the operating systems of the electronic device accessing the resource, intercept a request for the resource and determine whether the request is indicative of malware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: McAfee, Inc.
    Inventor: Ahmed Said Sallam
  • Patent number: 9740843
    Abstract: A method for providing a license to a user for accessing a protected content on a user device is provided, the method comprising: transmitting user authentication data from the user device to a user account server; transmitting user identification data from the user account server to a license server if the user authentication data corresponds to a valid user account on the user account server; checking in the license server, whether the user is entitled to the license; and transmitting the license from the license server to the user device, if the user identification data is validated and if the user is deemed entitled to the license. A corresponding system, a license server and a software module are provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: SONY DADC AUSTRIA AG
    Inventors: Thomas Augustin, Oliver Kubera, Martin Aster
  • Patent number: 9742813
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide for detecting the potential legal decryption of transmitted data. When a device connects to a server over a network, such as the Internet, the device determines whether a cipher without forward secrecy is used. If so, information regarding the connection is stored in a log. When the device subsequently connects to the server and receives a response code indicating that a resource is not available for legal reasons, the device checks the log to determine if the device has previously communicated with the server using a cipher without forward secrecy. Based on the check, the previous connection with the server is identified from the log. A message is presented indicating that data from the previous connection could be subject to legal decryption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Damien Antipa, Antonio Sanso
  • Patent number: 9742722
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of certifying that an email message sent through a sender email server from a sender to at least one destination address has been received by a destination email server managing the destination address, the method comprising providing a certification email server, which performs: receiving the email message sent through the sender email server; obtaining an electronic fingerprint of the message; obtaining the destination address from the field of the header of the message relating to the destination address of the message; sending the message to the obtained destination address; receiving from the destination email server a confirmation of the acceptance or refusal of the email message; generating a certification file comprising at least the electronic fingerprint of the email message and the confirmation of the acceptance or refusal of the email message from the destination email server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Carlos Ticó Farré
  • Patent number: 9736161
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a system for preventing an information leakage based on a telephone authentication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: THINKAT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wha Cheol Jang, Je Kee Park, Gwang Ho Ko
  • Patent number: 9734310
    Abstract: To enhance the convenience of authentication when executing an application, an application server: acquires, from a terminal, context information indicating the status of the terminal; generates, on the basis of the acquired context information, information (an authentication necessity table) pertaining to the necessity for authentication when executing the application; and transmits to the terminal the authentication necessity table and an authentication module described in the table. Then, the terminal, on the basis of the authentication necessity table and an authentication table, determines whether or not authentication is necessary before executing the application, and when it has been determined that authentication is necessary, prior to executing the application, changes the authentication module read destination to the application read destination and executes the authentication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Koichi Yasaki, Kazuaki Nimura, Hidenobu Ito, Yosuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9729484
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of processing data regarding connection to a platform (2) of an internet site by a server (1) comprising at least one data processing unit and data storage means, the method being characterized in that it comprises steps of: (a) identification of a situation of a user connected to said platform (2) via an item of equipment (3) from among a list of reference situations, each reference situation being associated with at least one strategy, each strategy comprising one or more situational engines chosen from among a library of situational engines, each situational engine being able to implement a given processing on a situation of a user so as to obtain a message having a hoped-for effect on the situation; (b) for at least one of the strategies associated with said identified situation, implementation by the data processing means of the server (1) of the situational engines of said strategy on said situation so as to obtain at least one stack of messages; (c) dispatching
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: NETWAVE
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Malle, Henri Marty
  • Patent number: 9727694
    Abstract: A system for confidentially retrieving data from a person, such as by authorized personnel. One embodiment provides a data carrier item such as jewelry, having encrypted data imparted upon the item in manner that is only intelligible after being unencrypted. Such data can be encrypted and/or invisibly disposed such that the data is not identifiable by the public, but can be quickly and accurately retrieved by authorized personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: LifeQode, LLC
    Inventor: Michael P. Lacey
  • Patent number: 9727903
    Abstract: The subject disclosure relates to pre-installed software and services, such as online services, and markets for pre-installed software and online services. In one aspect, the disclosed subject matter facilitates contracting between software vendors and device manufacturers or redistributors for placement and/or conversion of software applications or services in devices. As further advantages, embodiments of the disclosed subject matter can provide transparency into markets for device placement and can facilitate detailed contract performance tracking. Further non-limiting embodiments are provided that illustrate the advantages and flexibility of the disclosed subject matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: SWEETLABS, INC.
    Inventor: James DePoy
  • Patent number: 9727859
    Abstract: A method includes performing operations as follows on at least one processor: receiving credentials from a shopper, the credentials being associated with a purchase from a merchant, receiving an open approval for advancing funds for the purchase from a financial institution, matching the open approval with the credentials received from the shopper, and notifying the merchant that payment has been approved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: CAROLINA COUPON CLEARING, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Toewe
  • Patent number: 9727850
    Abstract: Systems and methods to provide and maintain secure financial transaction conducted with a credit card or other cashless payment mechanism at a vending machine or other potentially unattended vending or point of sale device. Encapsulated card readers providing end-to-end encryption capabilities encrypt transaction data for secure transmission to a transaction host or server. Pre-authorization transaction data checking maintains account numbers in a secure encrypted format further enhancing security. Protection mechanisms that guard against, and provide warnings of equipment tampering, while also providing a visual indication to customers regarding the security of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Forward Pay Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Verne Severson, David Stark
  • Patent number: 9729617
    Abstract: An information management device includes a first receiving unit that receives organization identification information to identify an organization and device identification information to identify a device in the organization from the device, a first storage unit that stores the received organization identification information and the received device identification information which are associated together, a second receiving unit that receives license identification information and the device identification information from the device, the license identification information identifying a license for using a predetermined service, and a second storage unit that stores the received license identification information and the received device identification information which are associated together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisashi Naito, Mitsuo Ando
  • Patent number: 9723017
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein techniques for use in detecting risky communications. In one embodiment, the techniques comprise a method including the following steps. The method comprises determining entropy in connection with a communication. The method also comprises performing a comparison based on the entropy and historical communications. The method further comprises determining the similarity between the communication and the historical communications based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventor: Sanjiv Pandey
  • Patent number: 9723439
    Abstract: Some demonstrative embodiments include apparatuses, systems and/or methods of Neighbor Awareness Networking (NAN) Geo-Fencing. For example, an apparatus may include circuitry configured to cause a Neighbor Awareness Networking (NAN) device to process a plurality of geo-fencing parameters of a geofence from an application on the NAN device; and perform geo-fencing with another NAN device based on the geo-fencing parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: INTEL IP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jonathan Segev, Emily H. Qi
  • Patent number: 9723051
    Abstract: A first request on a second domain associated with the computing device is received, by the computing device, from a user device, in response to the user device processing a webpage associated with a first domain. Handler instructions are sent, by the computing device, to the user device. A second request including a target URL is received, by the computing device, from the user device. Setting instructions to set a first cookie on the second domain associated with the computing device and redirection instructions to redirect the user device to the target URL are sent, by the computing device, to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Criteo SA
    Inventor: Omar Benguerah