New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Today's Spotlight Applications continue our theme of blockchains (smart contracts, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Alibaba, the first application discloses techniques for blockchain-based copyright distribution. Assigned to Live Nation, the second application discloses techniques for enhanced processing and verification of digital access rights.
20200193064, "Blockchain-based copyright distribution," assigned to Alibaba.
This disclosure relates to blockchain-based copyright distribution. In one aspect, a method includes receiving, by a node device of a blockchain network, a target transaction including design data of a target work and an identity of a target copyright user corresponding to the target work. Design similarity comparison logic and copyright distribution logic are executed. The design data of the target work is compared with the design data of the existing work stored in the first smart contract to obtain a target similarity between the target work and the existing work. A copyright for the target work is distributed between the target copyright user and a copyright user corresponding to the existing work based on the target similarity. Copyright distribution data that specifies distribution of the copyright between the target copyright user and the copyright user corresponding to the existing work is stored in the first smart contract.
20200193045, "Enhanced processing and verification of digital access rights," assigned to Live Nation Entertainment.
The present disclosure generally relates to systems and methods that provide a network environment that enables reassignment platforms to provide authentic access rights for reassignment to user devices. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to systems and methods in which a reassignment platform can execute a protocol implemented using code (e.g., an Application Programming Interface (API)) to validate the authenticity of access rights made available for reassignment, and once reassigned, reissue the access rights to a new user and transmit those access rights to user devices natively in a mobile application.