New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of blockchains (distributed ledgers, smart contracts) and rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Strong Force, the first application discloses transaction-enabled techniques for smart contracts. Assigned to IBM, the second application discloses techniques for dynamic socialized collaboration nodes.
20200104956, "Transaction-enabled systems and methods for smart contracts," assigned to Strong Force TX Portfolio 2018, LLC.
Transaction-enabled systems and methods for smart contracts are disclosed. An example system may include a smart contract wrapper structured to aggregate intellectual property (IP) licensing terms corresponding to a plurality of IP assets, access a distributed ledger comprising the aggregated IP licensing terms and a plurality of IP references corresponding to the plurality of IP assets, interpret an IP description value and an IP addition request, and add an IP asset to the plurality of IP assets in response to the IP description value, and add IP licensing terms corresponding to the added IP asset to the aggregated IP licensing terms in response to the IP description value and the IP addition request.
20200099688, "Dynamic socialized collaboration nodes," assigned to IBM.
Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The method computer program products, and systems can include, for instance: examining ledger data of a blockchain ledger; examining node data of a plurality of candidate nodes, wherein the examining node data includes examining data of candidate nodal networks associated to respective ones of the plurality of candidate nodes; and transitioning blockchain ledger access in dependence on the examining of the ledger data and in dependence on the examining of the node data, wherein the transitioning blockchain ledger access includes transitioning blockchain ledger access between a first candidate node and a second candidate node of the plurality of candidate nodes.