New pending patent applications are published on Thursdays by the USPTO. Both of today's Spotlight Applications continue the theme of blockchain (distributed ledgers, smart contracts) and digital rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Health2047, the first patent discloses techniques for trust based access to records via encrypted protocol communications with authentication system. Assigned to Strong Force IOT Portfolio 2016, LLC, the second patent discloses techniques for the industrial Internet of Things.
Systems and techniques are disclosed for trust based access to records via encrypted protocol communications with an authentication system. One of the methods includes maintaining, in one or more databases, health records associated with patients. Each health record including portions of medical information and each portion being separately trustable to one or more outside entities. The trust indicating that an outside entity can access a portion. A request from a user device of a patient is received, the request indicating access to a health record associated with the patient. Requests for information are presented on the user device, the requests indicating features of patients that are usable to identify a specific patient. The patient uniquely corresponding to a particular health record is determined, and user account information for the patient is generated, with the user account information used to identify portions of medical information associated with the particular health record.
20180210427, "Methods and systems for the industrial Internet of Things," assigned to Strong Force IOT Portfolio 2016, LLC
The system generally includes a crosspoint switch in the local data collection system having multiple inputs and multiple outputs including a first input connected to the first sensor and a second input connected to the second sensor. The multiple outputs include a first output and a second output configured to be switchable between a condition in which the first output is configured to switch between delivery of the first sensor signal and the second sensor signal and a condition in which there is simultaneous delivery of the first sensor signal from the first output and the second sensor signal from the second output. Each of multiple inputs is configured to be individually assigned to any of the multiple outputs. Unassigned outputs are configured to be switched off producing a high-impedance state. The local data collection system includes multiple data acquisition units each having an onboard card set configured to store calibration information and maintenance history of a data acquisition unit in which the onboard card set is located. The local data collection system is configured to manage data collection bands.