Apparatus for controlling utilization of software added to a portable communication device

  • US 6,008,737 A
  • Filed: 06/24/1996
  • Issued: 12/28/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/30/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An apparatus at a fixed portion of a communication system for authorizing utilization of software in a portable portion of the communication system, the apparatus comprising:

  • a processor;

    a memory coupled to the processor for maintaining a list of authorized software corresponding to the portable portion;

    a request receiver element coupled to the processor for receiving a request from the portable portion, the request including an address identifying the portable portion, and a software name;

    a list checker element coupled to the processor for checking the list of authorized software corresponding to the portable portion identified by the address, to determine whether the software corresponding to the software name is authorized; and

    an external authorization element coupled to the processor for transmitting the external authorization to the portable portion in response to the software being authorized for the portable portion.

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