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1. WO2014158743 - FEATURE LICENSE-RELATED REPAIR/REPLACEMENT PROCESSES AND CREDIT HANDLING

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A method for issuing a license for a device through a license server, comprising: receiving identification information for a device, wherein the identification information communicates to the license server if at least one of a first license binding identity identifying the device and a first display identity mapped to the first license binding identity has changed;

revoking a previous license for the device and returning a previous license credit to a user's credit pool if at least one of the first license binding identity and the first display identity has changed;

receiving a license request, the license request including a second license binding identity identifying the device;

determining if the second license binding identity is the same as first license binding identity;

issuing the previous license for the device if the second license binding identity is the same as the first license binding identity; and

issuing a new license for the device and deducting a new license credit from the user's credit pool if the second license binding identity is not the same as the first license binding identity.

2. The method of claim 1, further comprising updating the first license binding identity with the second license binding identity when a new license is issued for the device.

3. The method of claim 1 wherein a first display identity is mapped to the first license binding identity and a second display identity is mapped to the second license binding identity.

4. The method of claim 3, wherein the new license for the device is issued and the new license credit from the user's credit pool is deducted if the second license binding identity is not the same as the first license binding identity and the second display identity is the same as the first display identity.

5. The method of claim 3, wherein the new license for the device is issued and the new license credit from the user's credit pool is deducted if the second license binding identity is not the same as the first license binding identity and the second display identity is not the same as the first display identity.

6. The method of claim 1 , wherein the license request is received from the device if the previous license loaded on the device is corrupted.

7. The method of claim 1 , wherein the license request is received from the device if a license template that the device downloads from a license proxy server contains a different set of features from that enabled by the license loaded on the device.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein the previous license enables a first set of features on the device and the new license enables a second set of features on the device.

9. The method of claim 8, wherein the first set of features is the same as the second set of features and the previous license credit returned to the user's credit pool is the same as the new license credit deducted from the user's credit pool.

10. The method of claim 8, wherein the first set of features is different from the second set of features and the previous license credit returned to the user's credit pool is different from the new license credit deducted from the user's credit pool.

11. A system for issuing a license for a device, comprising:

a license server comprising a first license binding identity identifying a device; and one or more processes performed by the license server, the processes configured to: receive identification information for a device, wherein the identification

information communicates to the license server if at least one of a first license binding identity identifying the device and a first display identity mapped to the first license binding identity has changed;

revoke a previous license for the device and return a previous license credit to a user's credit pool if at least one of the first license binding identity and the first display identity has changed;

receive a license request, the license request including a second license binding identity identifying the device;

determine if the second license binding identity is the same as first license binding identity;

issue the previous license for the device if the second license binding identity is the same as the first license binding identity; and

issue a new license for the device and deduct a new license credit from the user's credit pool if the second license binding identity is not the same as the first license binding identity.

12. The system of claim 1 1, further comprising a process configured to update the first license binding identity with the second license binding identity when a new license is issued for the device.

13. The system of claim 1 1 wherein a first display identity is mapped to the first license binding identity and a second display identity is mapped to the second license binding identity.

14. The system of claim 13, wherein the new license for the device is issued and the new license credit from the user's credit pool is deducted if the second license binding identity is not the same as the first license binding identity and the second display identity is the same as the first display identity.

15. The system of claim 13, wherein the new license for the device is issued and the new license credit from the user's credit pool is deducted if the second license binding identity is not the same as the first license binding identity and the second display identity is not the same as the first display identity.

16. The system of claim 1 1, wherein the license request is received from the device if the previous license loaded on the device is corrupted.

17. The system of claim 1 1, wherein the license request is received from the device if a license template that the device downloads from a license proxy server contains a different set of features from that enabled by the license loaded on the device.

18. The system of claim 1 1, wherein the previous license enables a first set of features on the device and the new license enables a second set of features on the device.

19. The system of claim 18, wherein the first set of features is the same as the second set of features and the previous license credit returned to the user's credit pool is the same as the new license credit deducted from the user's credit pool.

20. The system of claim 18, wherein the first set of features is different from the second set of features and the previous license credit returned to the user's credit pool is different from the new license credit deducted from the user's credit pool.