Authorization code recovering method

  • US 8,160,967 B2
  • Filed: 12/30/2004
  • Issued: 04/17/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/30/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for restoring authorization codes assigned to a licensee by a licensor for a dongle, said method comprising:

  • storing on a first computer to which a first dongle is connected via an interface parameters associated with each of a plurality of authorization codes stored on the first dongle, but not storing on the first computer the authorization codes, the plurality of authorization codes being associated with at least two different licensors, the first computer storing with the parameters information for enabling contact with each of the at least two different licensors;

    sending to a central management computer the parameters for each of the plurality of authorization codes and the information for enabling contact with the at least two different licensors by the central management computer, the central management computer being programmed for using the information enabling contact with the at least two different licensors to send parameters associated with a first licensor of the at least two licensors only to a second computer associated with the first licensor and not sending to the second computer parameters associated with any of the other of the at least two licensors;

    after sending the parameters, receiving a restored authorization code at the first computer in a format that can be interpreted only by the dongle and not by the first computer; and

    storing the restored authorization code in a second dongle connected to the first computer.

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