Method and system for embedded, automated, component-level control of computer systems and other complex systems

  • US 6,249,868 B1
  • Filed: 09/29/1998
  • Issued: 06/19/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/25/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system for preventing theft or misuse of a computer system, the system comprising:

  • a computer system having a device;

    an agent embedded in the device that, when authorized, enables operation of the device and that, when not authorized, disables operation of the device; and

    a server coupled to the embedded agent that, by exchanging a number of messages with the embedded agent that together compose a handshake operation, authorizes the embedded agent to enable operation of the device.

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