New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications continue the the theme of blockchain (distributed ledger, smart contracts) and digital rights management broadly construed.
20190149418, "Clustered application management with a blockchain," assigned to IBM.
An example operation may include one or more of initiating an application cluster including a number of instances of an application, storing the application cluster members in a blockchain, identifying the application cluster members and testing whether communication paths to the cluster members are operable, creating a blockchain transaction including an account and status of the application cluster members, and storing the blockchain transaction in the blockchain.
20190149600, "Partitioning of a blockchain ledger," assigned to IBM.
An example operation may include one or more of identifying partitions associated with a blockchain, identifying a new transaction to be committed to the blockchain, determining a partition code assigned to the new transaction, and committing the new transaction to one of the partitions associated with the partition code.