The USPTO issues new patents on Tuesdays. Both of today's Spotlight Patents continue the theme of blockchain (distributed ledger, smart contracts) and digital rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Symbiont.IO, the first patent addresses techniques for implementing a programming model for smart contracts within a decentralized computer network. Assigned to Northern Trust, the second patent addresses techniques for implementing smart contract modules on a decentralized network.
10,146,792, "Systems and methods for implementing a programming model for smart contracts within a decentralized computer network," assigned to Symbiont.IO, Inc.
Computer-implemented methods and systems for implementing smart contract modules on a decentralized network are disclosed.
10,146,947, "Systems and methods for generating and maintaining immutable digital meeting records within distributed network nodes," assigned to Northern Trust Corporation.
Embodiments disclosed herein provide systems and methods for digital meeting management within a blockchain. Before a meeting, a computer may generate a digital meeting record containing a plurality of data fields and linked to various smart contracts to capture meeting activities. During the meeting, a first smart contract may authenticate and record attendees in the digital meeting record based on biometric information received from the attendees' devices. Furthermore, a second smart contract may capture in the digital meeting record, meeting actions of each attendee, including date, time, and location associated with the meeting actions. After the meeting, a third smart contract may autopopulate post meeting documentation. After review by the attendees, the third smart contract may store a hash of the documentation to the digital meeting record and store the documentation in a repository. Once appended to the blockchain, the digital meeting record becomes an immutable record of the meeting.