New patents are issued by the USPTO on Tuesdays. This week's Spotlight Patents continue the theme of blockchains (distributed ledgers, smart contracts) and rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Eight Plus Ventures, the first patent addresses techniques for an image chain of title management. Assigned to IBM, the second patent addresses techniques for a cluster of secure execution platforms
10,565,358, "Image chain of title management," assigned to 8 Plus Ventures, LLC.
In an apparatus and method, image metadata is assigned to a master image file including an image from a base work, the image metadata including an identification of the base work and provenance of the base work. Objects in the image are detected and recognized. Object metadata, including recognition of the object, is assigned to the master image file. A cryptographic hash of, altogether, the image, the image metadata, and the object metadata is generated. An image product from the master image file for transfer is generated. A data packet structure is written to a node of a transaction processing network, wherein the data packet structure includes the cryptographic hash, and transferor and transferee identification for a transfer of the image product.
10,567,359, "Cluster of secure execution platforms," assigned to IBM.
A computer program product and a system comprising: a cluster of Secure Execution Platforms (SEPs) having connectivity to a data storage, each SEP of said cluster is configured to maintain, using a key, confidentiality of data while processing thereof; the key is shared among the SEPs of said cluster, the key is automatically generated by the cluster or portion thereof and is unavailable to any non-cluster entity; the data storage retains encrypted data that is encrypted using the key; a first SEP of the cluster is configured to encrypt client data using the key to obtain encrypted client data and store the encrypted client data in the data storage; and a second SEP of the cluster is configured to retrieve encrypted stored data from the data storage, decrypt the encrypted stored data using the key to obtain non-encrypted form of the encrypted stored data.