(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2005/0257209 Al
Adams et al. (43) Pub. Date: Nov. 17,2005
(54) SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OWNER
APPLICATION CONTROL OF ELECTRONIC
(76) Inventors: Neil P. Adams, Waterloo (CA);
Michael G. Kirkup, Waterloo (CA);
Herbert A. Little, Waterloo (CA);
Russell N. Owen, Waterloo (CA)
John V. Biernacki, Esq.
901 Lakeside Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114 (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 11/118,844
(22) Filed: Apr. 29, 2005
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 60/567,163, filed on Apr. 30, 2004.
(51) Int. CI.7 G06F 9/44
(52) U.S. CI 717/168; 717/174
Systems and methods ol owner application control ol an electronic device are provided. Owner application control information is stored on the electronic device and/or one or more remote servers. Owner application control information is consulted to determine if one or more required applications are available for execution on the electronic device. If not, one or more required applications not available are downloaded and installed. This could be in a manner transparent to the user of the electronic device. If one or more required applications are not available on the electronic device, the device can be functionally disabled in whole, or in part, until one or more required applications are available.