New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. This week's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of blockchains (smart contracts, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Visa, the first application discloses techniques for creating multiple records based on an ordered smart contract. Assigned to Intel, the second application discloses techniques for determining provenance for data supply chains.
20200134206, "Systems and methods for creating multiple records based on an ordered smart contract," assigned to Visa.
A method for creating a smart contract detailing an ordered set of events is disclosed. A smart contract can include information about multiple events and responses for each event. The events and response can be arranged in a predefined order. The responses can include adding new records to a blockchain.
20200136799, "Methods and apparatus to determine provenance for data supply chains," assigned to Intel.
Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to determine provenance for data supply chains are disclosed. Example instructions cause a machine to at least, in response to data being generated, generate a local data object and object metadata corresponding to the data; hash the local data object; generate a hash of a label of the local data object; generate a hierarchical data structure for the data including the hash of the local data object and the hash of the label of the local data object; generate a data supply chain object including the hierarchical data structure; and transmit the data and the data supply chain object to a device that requested access to the data.