New patents are issued by the USPTO on Tuesdays. Today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of blockchains (distributed ledgers, smart contracts) and rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Beatdapp Software, the first patent addresses techniques for scalably tracking media playback using blockchain. Assigned to Ranieri IP, LLC, the second patent addresses techniques for servicing an obligation utilizing a blockchain.
10,469,605, "System and method for scalably tracking media playback using blockchain," assigned to Beatdapp Software Inc. (CA)
Systems and methods for tracking media file playback are provided. A request to upload a media file and metadata associated with the media file is received. Next, the media file and metadata is uploaded via a blockchain protocol. Next, a request to play the media file is received from a client device or a digital service provider (DSP) platform. The request to play the media file is validated via the blockchain protocol. Upon validating the request to play the media file, the media file is transmitted for playback at the client device or DSP platform. Last, the number of times the media file is played is tracked via the blockchain protocol.
10,482,533, "Methods and apparatus for servicing an obligation utilizing a blockchain," assigned to Ranieri IP, LLC
Apparatus and methods for providing transparency, security, and auditability to a loan servicing process by encoding Loan Actions and associated Action data, onto a Blockchain. The Blockchain is distributed to Participants in the Loan, such as the Borrowers, Regulators, Servicers, and Vendors. The present disclosure further provides a method for homogenizing a variety of Vendor Formats for inclusion on the Blockchain and memorializing execution of a smart contract on the Blockchain. simplifying Transactions such as assignment of the rights of a Participant are simplified and memorialized and accessible via a communications network.