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Physically based desk license for software

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245012D
Publication Date: 2016-Feb-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

Linking software license with physical desk. In that way license entitlement would be automatically granted only when the workstation (laptop) is placed on the software enabled desk.

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Physically based desk license for software

Plethora of various licensing forms (CPU cores, CPU socket, user, organizational and many, many others) exist but still, short term, secure and convenient licensing of software represents a challenge. Due to increasing popularity of various forms of co-working, desk renting, working from coffee houses and similar non-traditional forms of working, new challenges need to be solved. One of these is how to make it possible to rent a specific software just for one working day or even shorter period. While some solutions exist (like cloud computing model) limitations still exist (e.g. cloud computing require constant connectivity and sharing data with provider). One very popular solution to the problem is a software protection dongle (e.g. USB key). The drawback of this solution is the need to attach it to a workstation. If we take a USB key as an example, the workstation would need to have a USB port which is not always the case. Also it requires constant attention and monitoring to know where the key is, so that it is not lost. Also, if the person needs to use several software products they would need to attach several dongles, which would be problematic.

The proposed solution to the problem would be to link software license with a physical desk. In that way a desk in a co-working office, or coffee house or even regular office

would be "X software enabled" meaning that whoever works at the designated desk, using their own l...