By US Fed News
     ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 23 -- Koichi Hori of Tokyo has developed a medium's unauthorised use prevention apparatus.
     According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "An apparatus for preventing an unauthorized use of a copyright medium adapted to identify a purchaser by authentication of the purchaser's fingerprint at the time of purchasing an encrypted copyright medium, so that only the purchaser can reproduce or copy work data recorded in the copyright medium. Data is read from a copyright medium identification database in order to write a copyright medium unique identification database and a cipher key database into a Smart card or other recording mediums using a Smart card or other recording medium data reading/writing device. Moreover, fingerprint data of the purchaser of the copyright medium is read by using a fingerprint authentication device. The purchaser's fingerprint data, the copyright medium unique identification data, and the cipher key are written into the Smart card or other recording medium using the Smart card or other recording medium data reading/writing device."
     The inventor was issued U.S. Patent No. 7,400,726 on July 15.
     The patent has been assigned to Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha, Tokyo.
     The original application was filed on July 7, 2003, and is available at: 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=7,400,726.PN.&OS=PN/7,400,726&RS=PN/7,400,726.
     HTS jbgs 080723-428555


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