Microsoft filed "Time-Based Licenses" software licensing patent

Microsoft applied for a patent dubbed "Time-Based Licenses". Here's how it would work  – “The licensing platform may send a request for a time-based license to the activation server via a network. The request may include a product key associated with a software product. The activation server may determine a type of time-based license to issue based […]

Microsoft applied for a patent dubbed "Time-Based Licenses". Here's how it would work  – “The licensing platform may send a request for a time-based license to the activation server via a network. The request may include a product key associated with a software product. The activation server may determine a type of time-based license to issue based on information stored in the licensing database with respect to the product key included in the request. An activation response, including the time-based license, may be sent to the licensing platform, which may use the time-based license and may grant a right to use the software product for a predetermined period of time, as indicated by the time-based license.” The patent also indicates that time-based licenses could usher in a new type of business model, noted.