LICENSE MANAGEMENT OF FIRMWARE-CONTROLLABLE FEATURES IN COMPUTER SYSTEMS

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United States of America Patent

APP PUB NO 20160203302A1
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15077906

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License management of firmware-controllable features in computer systems is described. In an example, a computer system includes: a plurality of hardware modules having a plurality of features capable of selective activation; firmware-based controllers distributed among the plurality of hardware modules having control points to control activation of the plurality of features; and a management module to obtain license data and communicate with the firmware-based controllers to configure the control points to activate at least one of the plurality of features as permitted by the license data.

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HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT LPHOUSTON, TX8793

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Huscroft, Carey Davis, US 6 108
Lyle, Stephen B Granite Bay, US 15 127

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
* 2008/0243,862 FIRMWARE REPOSITORY FOR MFP DEVICES 9 2007
 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (1)
* 6976163 Methods, systems and computer program products for rule based firmware updates utilizing certificate extensions and certificates for use therein 77 2000
 
IMATION CORP. (1)
* 2009/0094,597 Portable firmware device 16 2008
 
NOKIA CORPORATION (1)
* 2007/0078,957 Firmware-licensing system for binding terminal software to a specific terminal unit 8 2005
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