New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of blockchains (smart contracts, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Accenture, the first application discloses techniques for blockchain enhanced entitlement control. Assigned to Syngrafii, the second application discloses techniques for executing and delivering electronic documents.
20200257774, "Blockchain enhanced entitlement control," assigned to Accenture (IE)
Systems and methods for entitlement tracking and control with blockchain technology are provided. A server node may receive usage information indicating usage of a licensed component by a remote device. The server node may generate a datablock that includes the usage information and append the datablock to a blockchain. The server node may acquire, from the blockchain, a license smart contract. The license smart contract may include control logic to control access to the license component. The server node may control access to the license component by the remote device based on the usage information and the control logic.
20200258176, "Systems and methods for executing and delivering electronic documents," assigned to Syngrafii Inc.
A computer-implemented system and method for annotating or signing an electronic document are provided. The method includes steps of: receiving or retrieving an electronic document available for annotation or execution by one or more parties; transmitting the electronic document for display on a first computing device to the first computing device at a first location; authenticating an identity of a first user of the first computing device; receiving electronic signals representing an user input of the first user from the first computing device; generating digital data representative of an indicia based the user input of the first user from the first computing device; and applying the digital data to the electronic document to form a first annotation or signature from the first user.