New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications continue the theme of blockchain (distributed ledger, smart contracts) and digital rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Sony (JP), the first applications discloses techniques for processing a genuine instance of a digital good using a blockchain. Assigned to Strong Force IOT Portfolio 2016, LLC, the second application discloses techniques for the industrial internet of things.
20190102782, "Genuine instance of digital goods," assigned to Sony (JP)
Processing a genuine instance of a digital good using a blockchain including: registering an ownership of the genuine instance using a plurality of transactions, the genuine instance uniquely identified by a content descriptor which is cryptographically linked to an ownership token and includes intrinsic characteristics of the genuine instance, wherein the ownership token includes a token seed and a token signature; validating each transaction of the plurality of transactions by a plurality of validators; and recording that the genuine instance belongs to an owner by recording each transaction of the plurality of transactions in the blockchain once each transaction has been validated.
20190107816, "Methods and systems for the industrial internet of things," assigned to Strong Force IOT Portfolio 2016, LLC
The system generally includes a crosspoint switch in the local data collection system having multiple inputs and multiple outputs including a first input connected to the first sensor and a second input connected to the second sensor. The multiple outputs include a first output and a second output configured to be switchable between a condition in which the first output is configured to switch between delivery of the first sensor signal and the second sensor signal and a condition in which there is simultaneous delivery of the first sensor signal from the first output and the second sensor signal from the second output. Each of multiple inputs is configured to be individually assigned to any of the multiple outputs. Unassigned outputs are configured to be switched off producing a high-impedance state. The crosspoint switch includes a third input that is configured with a continuously monitored alarm having a pre-determined trigger condition when the third input is unassigned to any of the multiple outputs.