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 Liquineq (CH), the first of today's applications discloses techniques for conducting and securing transactions when blockchain connection is unreliable. Assigned to Kyocera, the second application discloses a decentralized network for secure distribution of digital documents.
20200065794, "System and method for conducting and securing transactions when blockchain connection is unreliable," assigned to Liquineq AG (CH)
A system for transacting in an environment with intermittent connectivity via a network backbone to a blockchain. A merchant device transmits a set of credentials for an ad hoc network to a buyer device and establishes a private peer-to-peer ad hoc network connection with the buyer device. It then conducts a transaction with the buyer device via the private peer-to-peer ad hoc network. If no network connection is available to a transaction blockchain, the merchant device stores a record of the transaction until such network becomes available and later sends the record of the transaction to the transaction blockchain.
20200068013, "Decentralized network for secure distribution of digital documents," assigned to Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. (JP)
Methods and apparatus for distributing documents are provided. A source node can determine a map for a document, where the map can include information about a number of portions of the document and a corresponding number of distribution nodes. The source node can, for each portion of the number of portions of the document, send the portion of the document to the corresponding distribution node. The source node can record, at a distributed storage system, a first transaction that records information related to the map for the document using the source node. The source node can determine to distribute the document. After determining to distribute the document, the source node can: record a second transaction related to a distribution identifier associated with the map for the document at the distributed storage system and can send a distribution notification that comprises the map for the document and the distribution identifier.