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"File Sharing System and Method" in Patent Application Approval Process

July 3, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- A patent application by the inventor Ow, Benedict (Las Vegas, NV), filed on December 4, 2013, was made available online on June 19, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application has not been assigned to a company or institution.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present application generally relates to data storage and access and in particular to systems and methods for allowing access to files between users for the purpose of storing and sharing digital media in a network environment.

"The devices, features and functions described herein are intended to address shortcomings in traditional file storage and sharing systems, often referred to as cloud storage. There are currently a number of file sharing methods available that offer users the capability to share media (files, folders, music, movies, etc.) between devices and between users.

"File access control systems and methods are known in the prior art to enable what is commonly referred to as 'file sharing.' Such prior art file sharing systems and methods employ a variety of ways to allow local and remote access to stored electronic media, such as files, folders, data, movies and music, for example. The file sharing system and method herein provides new functionality to improve capabilities for sharing media, while addressing other shortcomings with traditional media storage and sharing systems.

"From the discussion that follows, it will become apparent that the present invention addresses the deficiencies associated with the prior art while providing numerous additional advantages and benefits not contemplated or possible with prior art constructions."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "As will be detailed further below, the file sharing system and method herein addresses additional specific needs, including but not limited to, combining management of permissions for shared media, controlling shared media after the share has been implemented, storing and sharing from locally (user controlled) cloud devices in a non-cloud geographic location, sharing a single item of media (file, folder, song, video, etc.) between multiple users with varying permissions, the creation and sharing of multiple files simultaneously within a list, a method for assigning controls and permissions to the file list being shared. The file sharing system and method has various embodiments, including but not limited to, a file sharing method where multiple copies are not required to facilitate a sharing environment, a system where the shared media can reside in a single remote location, and a system where multiple users can stream the media from a device placed in a user selected location, and other embodiments, platforms and architectures into a single system.

"When using prior art file sharing systems and methods to access remote electronic media, a user typically downloads a copy of the digital media file(s). Once the desired digital media files are downloaded, the digital media files become visible to the user and the user is then allowed to access them.

"A first shortcoming of prior art file sharing systems and methods is that they result in multiple copies of the electronic media residing on various devices. A second shortcoming of prior art file sharing systems and methods that it is difficult to control and track changes and/or updates to the original electronic media. A third shortcoming of prior art file sharing systems and methods is the inability to visualize the electronic media files regardless of whether the electronic media files are stored locally or remotely. A fourth shortcoming of the prior art is the media now becomes property of a second or third party and the ownership rights of the media have been taken away from the original media owner.

"The file sharing systems and methods disclosed herein enables a user to select and share any number of files, folders, songs, videos, pictures and other digital media with an unlimited number of recipients while maintaining control of the media being shared and limiting the number of copies being downloaded or otherwise distributed. The file sharing system provides enhanced control elements to enable the media owner to manage, control and otherwise administrate their personal media shares. As will be described herein, the file sharing system includes functionality that limits the user receiving the media to make copies, forward or distribute the media, or otherwise download it. Additional functions will be described wherein a local device can be placed at the customer's premises for storage and distribution of their media and digital content. While the file sharing system does not require the use of the local device, the local device offers the user an alternative location to store their media. Specifically, they can store all of their files on their local device in their own home or office instead of in the cloud. This gives the user more security and control of their files and media. The file sharing system is typically controlled by a cloud-based operating system that enables users to manage and distribute files of their choosing while maintaining control and ownership of the files.

"The file sharing system may relies on an operating system, that may be hosted on one or more remote servers, such as in a cloud service, to enable users to control and share their media with one another. The operating system is configured to control the sharing architecture, including what permissions are granted to the media, the length of time the permission is in place, the ability for the recipient to manage and control the media being shared, and other key aspects of control. By hosting the operating system on a remote server, the file sharing system and method negates the need for users to install software on their personal client devices (such as personal computers, tablets, smartphones, and the like) to access with the file sharing system.

"The operating system is configured to work with a client device to enable file management and control, and can be used with various client devices to manage and control the sharing and delivery of media.

"The file sharing system also provides features for media providers or producers of digial media. For instance, the file sharing system allows a local device to be placed at a location of a media provider's choosing which will enable such provider to host and share their media on the device, while controlling the sharing architecture, permissions and management aspects remotely. Similar to other users, a media provider can easily utilize various devices now known or later developed (such as laptops, personal computers, tablets, smartphones and the like) to initiate, control and otherwise manage their media sharing via the file sharing system.

"Other systems, methods, features and advantages of the invention will be or will become apparent to one with skill in the art upon examination of the following figures and detailed description. It is intended that all such additional systems, methods, features and advantages be included within this description, be within the scope of the invention, and be protected by the accompanying claims.


"The components in the figures are not necessarily to scale, emphasis instead being placed upon illustrating the principles of the invention. In the figures, like reference numerals designate corresponding parts throughout the different views.

"FIG. 1A is a block diagram illustrating an example environment and components making up the systems, devices and methods for the present application.

"FIG. 1B is a block diagram illustrating an example implementation of the system when interfacing a network and interacting with a variety of generally known devices.

"FIG. 2A discloses the general sharing methodology provided within the file sharing system.

"FIG. 2B illustrates the permission methodologies associated with sharing files through the general share permission method.

"FIG. 2C illustrates the permission based methodologies associated with sharing files through the link share permission method.

"FIG. 3A is a screen capture from the file sharing system illustrating typical commands and management tools.

"FIG. 3B illustrates the steps taken to perform a General sharing function.

"FIG. 3C illustrates the steps taken to set permissions for file sharing.

"FIG. 4A illustrates the steps taken to share a link.

"FIG. 5A illustrates the steps taken to create a list of files for sharing.

"FIG. 5B illustrates the steps taken to add files to a list for sharing.

"FIG. 6A illustrates the Personal Cloud Device (PCD) interconnected to a LAN.

"FIG. 6B illustrates the PCD showing remote access capability.

"FIG. 6C illustrates how to connect the PCD to the file sharing system.

"FIG. 7A is block diagram showing the typical progression of a DLNA media request being sent to the file sharing system

"FIG. 7B is a block diagram showing the signal path sections and components associated with the DLNA sharing.

"FIG. 8A is a block diagram showing a typical environment where media stored on the cloud or shared with a user can be streamed locally through the PCD via DLNA.

"FIG. 8B is a block diagram showing the PCD to PCD media share configuration.

"FIG. 8C is a block diagram illustrating the view only file sharing method."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Ow, Benedict. File Sharing System and Method. Filed December 4, 2013 and posted June 19, 2014. Patent URL:

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