New pending patents are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. This week's Spotlight Applications continue the theme of blockchains (smart contracts, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Visa, the first application discloses techniques for using digital signatures to create trusted digital asset transfers. Assigned to Netskrt Systems (CA), the second application discloses techniques for managing the distribution of content.
20200259666, "Methods and systems for using digital signatures to create trusted digital asset transfers," assigned to Visa.
A method and system are provided for transferring digital assets in a digital asset network. Network users can be centrally enrolled and screened for compliance. Standardized transfer processes and unique identifiers can provide a transparent and direct transfer process. Digital assets can include sufficient information for ensuring that a value will be provided, including one or more digital signatures, such that value can be made immediately available to recipients.
20200259890, "Immutable ledger method and apparatus for managing the distribution of content, assigned to Netskrt Systems, Inc. (CA)
A system comprising a plurality of peer caches associated with a corresponding plurality of content owners; shared ledger logic having a channel for each content owner of a plurality of content owners, the shared ledger logic to maintain a shared ledger data structure and to perform the operations of: in response to receipt of a first content title, responsively recording a first ledger entry for the first content title which is visible to a first content owner which owns the first content title; receiving an encryption key from the content owner, wherein the first content title comprises an encrypted content title encrypted with the key; storing the encrypted content title on one or more network storage devices; and when the encrypted content title reaches an edge cache, using the key to decrypt the encrypted content title and updating the first ledger entry to identify the edge cache.