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Patent Issued for Information Processing Device Performing Software License Authentication, Communication System, and Software License Authentication...

August 21, 2014



Patent Issued for Information Processing Device Performing Software License Authentication, Communication System, and Software License Authentication Method

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- A patent by the inventors Nozue, Daiki (Fujisawa, JP); Oouti, Ken (Fujisawa, JP); Yaginuma, Takanori (Kawasaki, JP), filed on February 25, 2013, was published online on August 5, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews correspondents.

Patent number 8800060 is assigned to Hitachi, Ltd. (Tokyo, JP).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to an information processing device performing software license authentication, a communication system, and a software license authentication method.

"As the background art of this technical field, JP-A-10-143363 describes a technique which allows the succession of a license of software being operated in a certain device to a different device. JP-A-10-143363 describes a technique in which a software license issuing device having a software resale function installs a software license in a device different from a device, in which the software license is installed early, and information relating to the license is transferred between a software installing device and the license issuing device (see Abstract and paragraphs [0006] and [0013]).

"JP-A-10-143363 describes a technique in which a software license is installed in a device different from a device, in which the software license is installed early, through a software license issuing device as an external device. However, when devices, such as a gateway device and a server, are provided inside a network (hereinafter, referred to as a closed network) unique to a communication carrier or a service provider and is physically or logically separated from an external Internet, communication other than a service to be provided by each device is blocked. For this reason, even when a software license issuing device which communicates with a device inside the closed network is provided outside the closed network, it is not possible to perform license authentication and to allow license succession between the devices inside the closed network."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "Accordingly, the invention provides an information processing device performing software license authentication capable of performing license authentication between a plurality of devices, that is, determining validity of the license even in a device inside a closed network without separately providing a device managing the license, a communication system, and a software license authentication method.

"In order to solve the above-described problem, for example, the configuration described in the appended claims is used. Although this application includes multiple means for solving the above-described problem, as an example, an information processing device includes a storage unit which has first device identification information for identifying the information processing device as a host device and an application program executing predetermined processing, and an authentication management unit which has unique information of the application program, wherein the authentication management unit acquires second device identification information for identifying another information processing device from another information processing device to be connected to the information processing device through a communication path, calculates a first value on the basis of the acquired second device identification information, the first device identification information, and the unique information, generates a first authentication key on the basis of the calculated first value, the first device identification information, and the second device identification information, transmits the generated first authentication key to another information processing device, acquires the second device identification information from another information processing device for each predetermined period, calculates a second value on the basis of the acquired second device identification information, the first device identification information, and the unique information, compares the calculated second value with the first value of the first authentication key, and when the second value does not coincide with the first value, stops the activation of the application program.

"According to the invention, it is possible to provide an information processing device performing software license authentication which performs license authentication between a plurality of devices even in a device inside a closed network without separately providing a device managing the license, a communication system, and a software license authentication method.

"The above and other objects, configuration, and effects will be apparent from the description of the following embodiments."

URL and more information on this patent, see: Nozue, Daiki; Oouti, Ken; Yaginuma, Takanori. Information Processing Device Performing Software License Authentication, Communication System, and Software License Authentication Method. U.S. Patent Number 8800060, filed February 25, 2013, and published online on August 5, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8800060.PN.&OS=PN/8800060RS=PN/8800060

Keywords for this news article include: Software, Hitachi Ltd..

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