New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications continue the theme of blockchains (distributed ledgers, smart contracts) and rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Knowbell Tech, the first application discloses techniques for managing and tracking IP, particularly abandoned IP, on a blockchain. Assigned to Strong Force, the second application discloses techniques for transaction-enabled systems and methods with licensing smart wrappers and IP licensing chains.
20200111186, "System and method for managing and tracking IP, particularly abandoned IP, on a blockchain," assigned to Knowbella Tech, LLC.
The present disclosure pertains to a system configured to manage and track intellectual property (IP). Some embodiments of this system may include: an application programming interface (API) having access to a web-accessible IP database; an artificial intelligence (AI) or learning engine coupled to the API and operating the API to query the web-accessible IP database for orphaned IP assets that have become abandoned, expired, and/or public domain assets; and a user-collaboration platform. Some embodiments of this platform may: receive information from the API concerning the orphaned IP assets found by the API; store the information concerning each of the orphaned IP assets on a blockchain data structure; provide access to the orphaned IP assets stored on the blockchain data structure to users via a network; and record user activity concerning user access, development, sharing, and/or modification of the orphaned IP assets on the blockchain data structure.
20200111181, "Transaction-enabled systems and methods with licensing smart wrappers and IP licensing chains," assigned to Strong Force TX Portfolio 2018, LLC
A transaction-enabling system is disclosed. The transaction-enabling system includes a smart wrapper structured to aggregate one or more intellectual property (IP) assets into an aggregate stack of IP, wherein the aggregate stack of IP is owned by a plurality of owning entities; and a smart contract wrapper configured to: access a distributed ledger comprising a plurality of intellectual property (IP) licensing terms corresponding to the aggregate stack of IP; interpret an IP description value and an IP addition request; and in response to the IP addition request and the IP description value, add an IP asset to the aggregate stack of IP, commit a party to at least one of the plurality of IP licensing terms, and adjusting the plurality of owning entities, wherein adjusting comprises at least one of adding an entity, changing an entity, or removing an entity from the plurality of owning entities.