New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. We continue with the theme of blockchain (distributed ledger) and digital rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Moog, Inc., the first of today's Spotlight Applications discloses techniques for the verification and authentication of additive manufactured product. Assigned to Electric Motor Werks, the second application discloses techniques for enabling automatic management of power loads and power generation based on user-specified set of rules
20180012311, "Secure and traceable manufactured parts," apparently assigned to Moog, Inc.
A method for the verification and authentication of additive manufactured product, comprising the steps of receiving, from a customer, at least one customer requirement for a product, deriving at least one manufacturing requirement and generating a product geometry file for the product, recording, by a first computing device, to a distributed transaction register, a first transaction reflecting certification of the product geometry file, obtaining a first output reflecting the first transaction, printing the product with a 3D printer, recording, by a second computing device, to the distributed transaction register, a second transaction reflecting the printing of the product and the first output, obtaining a second output reflecting the second transaction, embedding within the product a unique code reflecting the second output, whereby the product geometry file and the printing of said product may be verified with the unique code such that the product may be authenticated.
20180015838, "Systems and methods for enabling automatic management of power loads and power generation based on user-specified set of rules," assigned to Electric Motor Werks, Inc.
Systems and methods for enabling automatic management of arbitrary power loads and power generation based on user-specified set of rules. The aforesaid rules may be applied based on the grid conditions, parameters of specific grid equipment, as well as any other (external) factors. In various embodiments, the aforesaid user-specified rules may be automatically executed by one or more servers in response to sensed grid conditions and arbitrary external factors. In various embodiments, the aforesaid rules may cause execution of local site functions, such as powering down specific load that may help stabilize the wider power grid. In one or more embodiments, the rules may be executed on a central server or on EVSE nodes in a decentralized manner using, for example, blockchain technology well-known to persons of ordinary skill in the art.