New pending patent applications are published on Thursdays by the USPTO. Today's Spotlight Applications continue the theme of blockchain (distributed ledger, smart contracts) and digital rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Kelce Wilson, the first application discloses techniques for website integrity and date verification with a blockchain. Assigned to Fractal Industries, the second application discloses techniques for intellectual property landscape analysis, risk management, and opportunity identification.
20180302417, "Website integrity and date verification with a blockchain," assigned to Kelce S. Wilson.
Systems and methods are disclosed which use a block chain ("blockchain") to enable the establishment of file dates and the absence of tampering, even for documents held in secrecy and those stored in uncontrolled environments, but which does not require trusting a timestamping authority or document archival service. In an exemplary operation, an internet browser retrieves a website document, hashes at least a portion of the website document to produce a first hash value, retrieves blockchain registration data for the website document; compares the first hash value with a second hash value found in a blockchain; and responsive to the first and second hash values matching, displays a verification indication. Some embodiments may be used as parental controls for internet browsers.
20180300829, "System for intellectual property landscape analysis, risk management, and opportunity identification," assigned to Fractal Industries, Inc.
An automated and continuous system and method for conducting worldwide analysis of the status of intellectual property in fields of interest and providing comprehensive and continuous IP landscape visualization, IP risk management, and IP opportunity identification sufficient for making informed business decisions regarding intellectual property in those fields.