New pending patent applications 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 Accenture, the first application discloses techniques for active state synchronization between distributed ledger technology (DLT) platforms. Assigned to Spangenberg et al., the second application discloses techniques for IP Ownership and IP Registration Via a Blockchain Transactional Platform.
20200328888, "Active state blockchain synchronization," assigned to Accenture.
Systems and methods for active state synchronization between distributed ledger technology (DLT) platforms are provided. A system may store an origin blockchain compliant with an origin DLT. The system may further store a target blockchain compliant with a target DLT. The target DLT may be different from the origin DLT. The system may include a DLT object synchronizer with access to the origin blockchain and the target blockchain. The DLT object synchronizer may receive, from an exchange node, a request to synchronize an origin instance of a DLT object between the origin blockchain and the target blockchain. The DLT object synchronizer may select a target instance of the DLT object on the target blockchain. The DLT object synchronizer may format origin data from the origin instance for compliance with the target DLT. The DLT object synchronizer may synchronize the origin instance and the target instance.
20200327629, "System and Method of IP Ownership and IP Registration Via a Blockchain Transactional Platform," assigned to Spangenberg et al.
The present invention envisions a comprehensive platform (the "IPWe Platform") that utilizes blockchain and smart contracts to address and improve upon the significant deficiencies that currently exist in the global IP market (patents, trademarks, copyrights, etc.). The objective of the IPWe Platform is creating transparency in (i) patent ownership, (ii) patent identification and (iii) patent coverage and value. By eliminating the current inefficiencies that exist in the patent market, IPWe seeks to reduce the liquidity discount currently associated with the patent asset class. IPWe will transform the patent market by initially making available a transparent immutable and distributed ownership ledger for patents (the "IPWe Registry") that will serve as the basis for the IPWe Platform that will increase liquidity and facilitate transaction gains in the patent asset class.