New pending patent applications are published on Thursdays. We continue our theme of blockchain (distributed ledger, smart contracts) and digital rights management broadly construed. Assigned to InfiniteKey, Inc. the first application discloses techniques for authenticating and authorizing devices. Assigned to Bao Tran, the second application discloses techniques for a smart device in which blockchain smart contracts can be used with the device to facilitate secure operation.
20180123804, "System and method for authenticating and authorizing devices," assigned to InfiniteKey, Inc.
A system and method for a distributed security model that may be used to achieve one or more of the following: authenticate system components; securely transport messages between system components; establish a secure communications channel over a constrained link; authenticate message content; authorize actions; and distribute authorizations and configuration data amongst users' system components in a device-as-a-key system.
20180117447, "Smart device," assigned to Bao Tran.
An Internet of Thing (IoT) device includes a camera coupled to a processor; and a wireless transceiver coupled to the processor. Blockchain smart contracts can be used with the device to facilitate secure operation.