New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Today's Spotlight Applications continue the theme of blockchains (distributed ledgers, smart contracts) and rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Nokia, the first application discloses techniques for a secure de-centralized domain name system. Assigned to AmeriCorps, the second application discloses techniques for a blockchain operating system.
20200021446, "Secure de-centralized domain name system," assigned to Nokia (FI).
A computer-implemented method for secure de-centralized domain name system, the method comprising: recording a domain registration transaction to a blockchain, the domain registration transaction comprising a domain name, a domain primary key corresponding to a domain public key and domain certificate information for a server node; recording a domain security transaction, comprising the domain public key, to the blockchain to generate a domain name record comprising the domain name, an associated IP address, the domain public key and the domain certificate information, wherein the domain security transaction being signed using the domain primary key; transmitting, by a client node, a domain name request to a domain name node; receiving, by the client node, a domain name response from the domain name node, the domain name response comprising the domain public key, the domain certificate information and the associated IP address retrieved from the domain name record of the blockchain; and initiating a secure communication between the client node and the server node using at least one of the domain public key and the domain certificate information.
20200021569, "Blockchain operating system," assigned to AmeriCorp Investments LLC.
Systems, methods, and software are disclosed herein to execute functionalities of a blockchain operating system. A transactional request for an operating system instruction is received from a user device in a distributed network of nodes. The transactional request is authenticated in the distributed network of nodes based on data associated with the transactional request. A blockchain is then evaluated for one or more scripts associated with the transactional request. In response, the operating system instruction is generated based on the one or more scripts. The operating system instruction is then transferred to the user device in the distributed network or nodes.