New pending patent applications are published on Thursdays. We continue the theme of blockchain (distributed ledger, smart contracts) and digital rights management broadly construed. The first of this week's Spotlight Applications is assigned to FutureLab Consulting and discloses techniques for managing intellectual property using a blockchain which may include one or more elements which forms a comprehensive foundation for an eco-system for innovation and intellectual property management. Assigned to Northern Trust, the second application discloses techniques for digital identity management and permission controls within distributed network node.
20180285996, "Methods and system for managing intellectual property using a blockchain," assigned to FutureLab Consulting.
A system and methods for managing intellectual property using a blockchain are provided which may include one or more elements which forms a comprehensive foundation for an eco-system for innovation and intellectual property management. The elements may include: an intellectual property distributed ledger, an intellectual property digital policy server, non-binary trust models, automatic ontology induction, modifications to the blockchain "mining" and "proof of work" system, appstore for related applications, partial transparency transactionalized search engine, persistent and encapsulated software trust objects, licensing royalty smart contract with auditable payment tracking, micro-equity incentives, automated fraud detection intellectual property management dashboards, innovation workflow broker, innovation optimization tools, disruption mapping, and intelligent just-in-time learning. The system combines and integrates these functions to enable personal, intra-enterprise, inter-enterprise and extra-enterprise recordation, collaboration, searchability and its benefits, licensing and tracking of information regarding intellectual property over a networked distributed computing system.
20180287800, "Systems and methods for digital identity management and permission controls within distributed network nodes," assigned to Northern Trust Corporation.
Embodiments disclosed herein provide systems and methods for digital identity management and permission controls within distributed network nodes. A network node may receive a request to generate a new digital identity record for an entity. The network node may retrieve a template based on an entity type; and receive information, reference documents, and biometric information for the new digital identity record. The network node may associate and store the received information to the data fields in the new digital identity record, generate respective one directional cryptographic hashes of the reference documents and the biometric information, and store the hashes in the new digital identity record while storing the reference documents and biometric information in a non-blockchain repository. The network node may generate a digital identity record block for the new digital identity record, encrypt the digital identity record block, and append the encrypted block to the latest valid blockchain.