New patents are issued by the USPTO on Tuesdays. Both of today's Spotlight Patents continue the theme of blockchains (smart contracts, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed. Assigned to OMNY, the first patent address a supply mesh platform. Assigned to CapOne, the second patent addresses techniques for workflow management via distributed ledgers and smart contracts.
10,664,799, "Supply mesh platform," assigned to OMNY, Inc.
A computer-implemented method for producing a supply mesh is disclosed. The method may include retrieving, from a distributed ledger, entity data. The entity data may include one or more features of a first set of one or more entities. The method may include retrieving, from the distributed ledger, relationship data. The relationship data may include a first set of one or more relationships between the first set of one or more entities. The method may include generating the supply mesh. Generating the supply mesh may include generating two or more value links based on the entity data. Generating the supply mesh may include generating one or more transitions based on the relationship data, each transition connecting two value links.
10,659,219, "Workflow management via distributed ledgers and smart contracts," assigned to Capital One Services, LLC.
Systems and methods as described herein may include creating and monitoring workflows in a blockchain network. A workflow may be implemented by using a smart contract or the steps in the workflow may be recorded in a distributed ledger in a blockchain network. Completion of a workflow step may be verified by identifying a blockchain transaction executed by the workflow step performer assigned to the workflow step. The blockchain transaction is associated with encryption keys of the workflow step performer assigned to the workflow step. The completion of the execution of a workflow may be verified by determining whether the status of the last workflow step is complete, and identifying a blockchain transaction associated with encryption keys of the workflow step performer assigned to the last workflow step.