US 9,811,644 B1
Method for distribution of licenses based on geographical location
Abu Shohel Ahmed, Espoo (FI); Jaime Jiménez, Helsinki (FI); and Patrik Salmela, Espoo (FI)
Assigned to Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ), Stockholm (SE)
Appl. No. 14/786,785
Filed by Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ), Stockholm (SE)
PCT Filed May 27, 2013, PCT No. PCT/SE2013/050600
§ 371(c)(1), (2) Date Oct. 23, 2015,
PCT Pub. No. WO2014/193274, PCT Pub. Date Dec. 4, 2014.
Int. Cl. H04L 9/00 (2006.01); G06F 21/10 (2013.01); H04W 4/00 (2009.01); H04W 4/02 (2009.01)
CPC G06F 21/105 (2013.01) [H04W 4/008 (2013.01); H04W 4/021 (2013.01)] 50 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A system for a license provider to distribute licenses for software applications, the system comprising:
a license server operated by the license provider for distributing licenses to user devices;
at least one local interface device at a geographical location, the local interface device having a receive/transmit circuit and an input/output circuit, the local interface device configured to:
communicate, via the receive/transmit circuit, with the license server;
communicate, via the input/output circuit, with a user device when the user device is located less than a predetermined maximum distance from the local interface device; and
be authenticated to the license server; and
wherein the at least one local interface device provides a mechanism, limited to user devices communicating with the local interface device when located less than the predetermined maximum distance from the at least one local interface device, for a user device to use the authentication of the local interface device to obtain a license from the license server.