New patents are issued by the USPTO on Tuesdays. Both of today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of blockchains (smart contracts, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Capital One, the first patent addresses techniques for authorized data sharing using smart contracts. Assigned to Bull SAS (FR), the second patent addresses techniques for the creation and management of decentralized authorizations for connected objects.
10,554,406, "Authorized data sharing using smart contracts," assigned to Capital One.
Systems as described herein may include authorizing the sharing of data and sharing data between a variety of systems. A request to share data may be provided to a first system. The system may create sharing session data using smart contracts executed by a distributed network system. Sharing session data may be stored using a smart contract. A second system may obtain the sharing session data and verify the sharing session based on the execution of the smart contract. On verification of the sharing session, a variety of data may be shared between the systems identified in the sharing session data. The sharing session data may be established between two systems and/or a number of systems. Smart contracts may provide a variety of functions for authorizing the sharing of data between systems. Additionally, encrypted data may be stored and/or obtained using a smart contract.
10,552,627, "System and method for the creation and management of decentralized authorizations for connected objects," assigned to Bull SAS (FR).
Computing systems and methods for the creation and management of authorizations of blockchain objects. Systems and methods managed by a controlled number of governing entities allow the management of access authorizations for an object connected to a varying group of services. Systems and methods therefore have numerous advantages including strong inter-operability, strong resilience, confidentiality, autonomy, ensured data integrity and traceability.