Microsoft patents software watermarking technology

Battling software piracy, Microsoft has patented its idea of embedding code into software that would allow a company to identify the original purchaser. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Microsoft a patent, which describes an approach of integrating digital watermarks into software applications on the fly. According to the documents filed, the method […]

Battling software piracy, Microsoft has patented its idea of embedding code into software that would allow a company to identify the original purchaser.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Microsoft a patent, which describes an approach of integrating digital watermarks into software applications on the fly. According to the documents filed, the method is based on a process where personal identification information, “such as a purchaser's name, address, telephone number, credit card number