Thursday, May 03, 2007

XM Patent Application for Smart Card Access

Today, XM had a patent application disclosed that uses a smart card to access music and data.


United States Patent Application 20070098159
Kind Code A1
Ma; Hien D. ; et al. May 3, 2007

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING PREPAID MUSIC CARD FOR DECIPHERING RECORDED BROADCAST AUDIO SIGNALS

Abstract

An apparatus and method are provided for deciphering recorded digital audio signals and using a smart card to pay for deciphering. Encrypted digital audio signals are recorded onto a recording medium, such as a compact disc or the like. When the user desires to listen to the recording, the encrypted recording is inserted into a player/recorder and a prepaid smart card is inserted into a smart card reader connected to the player/recorder. The smart card reader deducts a predetermined value from the card before allowing the player/recorder to decipher the encrypted recording, and record the deciphered audio onto a recording medium for playback.


Inventors: Ma; Hien D.; (Delray Beach, FL) ; Petros; Argy; (Parkland, FL) ; Patsiokas; Stelios; (Coral Springs, FL) ; Marko; Paul D.; (Pembroke Pines, FL) ; Lerner; Kenneth; (Boca Raton, FL) ; Falcone; Frank; (Loxahatchee, FL)
Correspondence Name and Address:
    ROYLANCE, ABRAMS, BERDO & GOODMAN, L.L.P.
1300 19TH STREET, N.W.
SUITE 600
WASHINGTON,
DC
20036
US
Serial No.: 379040
Series Code: 11
Filed: April 17, 2006

U.S. Current Class: 380/37; 380/274
U.S. Class at Publication: 380/037; 380/274
Intern'l Class: H04K 1/06 20060101 H04K001/06; H04K 1/00 20060101 H04K001/00; H04K 1/04 20060101 H04K001/04



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