New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. This week's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of blockchains (distributed ledgers, smart contracts) and rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Clause, the first application discloses techniques for forming, storing, managing, and executing contracts. Assigned to Akiri, the second application discloses techniques for trust based access to records via encrypted protocol communications with authentication system.
20200057994, "System and method for forming, storing, managing, and executing contracts," assigned to Clause.
A system and method for computable contracts that includes a contract management system accessible by involved parties, managing a formation stage of a contract document by obtaining object components, assembling a contract object graph from the object components, and committing the contract object graph to post formation execution; and in an execution environment during a post-formation stage, executing the contract object graph where instances of execution include receiving a contract state update, and appending at least one update object component to the contract object graph in accordance with the contract state update. Variations of the system and method may apply peer-to-peer negotiation and execution, use a cryptographic directed acyclic contract object graph, and/or interface with distributed ledgers.
20200057867, "Trust based access to records via encrypted protocol communications with authentication system," assigned to Akiri, Inc.
Systems and techniques are disclosed for trust based access to records via encrypted protocol communications with an authentication system. An example system is configured to authorize and provide selective and secured access to sensitive medical information according to one or more trusted relationships. The system is configured to receive a request for access to a patient's health record from an outside entity. Authentication information associated with the outside entity is determined. Whether the outside entity is authorized to access the requested data is determined. The determination is based on existence of a trust relationship being established between the outside entity and the patient, the trust relationship established by an action of the patient or a patient's representative. Access to the patient's health record is enabled based on a positive determination.