Methods, systems and computer program products for license use management on a network

CAFC
  • US 6,728,766 B2
  • Filed: 04/10/2001
  • Issued: 04/27/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/14/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for management of license use for a network comprising the steps of:

  • maintaining license management policy information for a plurality of application programs at a license management server, the license management policy information including at least one of a user identity based policy, an administrator policy override definition or a user policy override definition;

    receiving at the license management server a request for a license availability of a selected one of the plurality of application programs from a user at a client;

    determining the license availability for the selected one of the plurality of application programs for the user based on the maintained license management policy information; and

    providing an unavailability indication to the client responsive to the selection if the license availability indicates that a license is not available for the user or an availability indication if the licensed availability indicates that a license is available for the user.

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