New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. This week's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of blockchain (distributed ledger, smart contracts) and digital rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Thomson (FR), the first application discloses techniques for transfer of content in a peer-to-peer network. Assigned to Tautenhan, the second application discloses techniques for peer-to-peer electronic exchange of intellectual property.
20190007198, "Transfer of content in a peer-to-peer network," assigned to Thomson (FR).
A method of monitoring a transfer of a block of content from a first device to a second device in a peer-to-peer network is described. A monitoring device performs a smart contract in the peer-to-peer network by receiving a reusable proof of work related to a transfer of the block of content from the first device and from the second device; receiving a proof of possession of the block of content from the second device; and logging a result of the data transfer on a blockchain for transfer of blocks of content.
20190005595, "System and method of peer-to-peer electronic exchange of intellectual property," assigned to Tautenhan.
A system includes a cryptographic blockchain network (CBN) including a set of processing nodes. The processing nodes each include one or more processors configured to: receive identification information from one or more sellers associated with intellectual property (IP), receive identification information associated with the one or more sellers, verify the identification information associated with the IP and the identification information associated with the one or more sellers by referencing an intellectual property database, and convert the IP into a Smart IP Contract, wherein the Smart IP Contract performs one or more functions to carry out a sale of the IP on the CBN.