New pending patent applications are published on Thursday. Today's Spotlight Applications continue the theme of blockchain (distributed ledger, smart contracts) and digital rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Accenture, the first application discloses techniques for entitlement management. Assigned to Anonos, the second application discloses techniques for enforcing centralized privacy controls in de-centralized systems.
20180314809, "Entitlement management system," assigned to Accenture Global Solutions Limited (IE)
A server node may receive a license creation message including a license creation parameter. The server node may acquire, from a blockchain, a license factory smart contract in response to receipt of the license creation message. The license factory smart contract may include license factory logic executable to generate a license smart contract. The server node may generate, based on the license creation parameter and execution of the licensing factory logic, the license smart contract. The license smart contract may include logic executable to validate an access event corresponding to a licensed component configured on a remote device. The server node may append a datablock to the blockchain. The datablock may include the license smart contract. The server node may synchronize the blockchain across a plurality of network nodes. The server node may control access to the licensed component configured on the remote device by execution of the licensing logic.
20180307859, "Systems and methods for enforcing centralized privacy controls in de-centralized systems," assigned to Anonos Inc.
Systems, computer-readable media, and methods for improving both data privacy/anonymity and data value, wherein data related to a data subject can be used and stored, e.g., in a distributed ledger data structure, such as a blockchain, while minimizing re-identification risk by unauthorized parties and enabling data, including quasi-identifiers, related to the data subject to be disclosed to any authorized party by granting access only to the data relevant to that authorized party's purpose, time period, place and/or other criterion via the obfuscation of specific data values, e.g., pursuant to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or other similar regulatory schemes. The techniques described herein maintain this level of privacy/anonymity while still satisfying the immutability, auditability, and verification mandated by blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) for the decentralized storage of transactional data. Such systems, media, and methods may be implemented on both classical and quantum computing devices.