New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Today's Spotlight Applications continue the theme of blockshchains (smart contracts, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed. Assigned to ATT, the first application discloses techniques for managing dynamic pricing of media content through blockchain. Assigned to Intel, the second application discloses techniques for distributed self sovereign identities for network function virtualization.
20200366950, "System and method for managing dynamic pricing of media content through blockchain," assigned to AT&T.
Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method that includes receiving, by a processing system including a processor, a pricing policy for streaming a media asset to a user; and recording, by the processing system, the pricing policy into a blockchain, wherein the pricing policy is used by a billing system to charge the user for streaming the media asset. Other embodiments are disclosed.
20200366493, "Distributed self sovereign identities for network function virtualization," assigned to Intel Corporation.
Various systems and methods for distributing orchestration of network services using blockchain technology are disclosed. A bid is posted for orchestration of a network service to be delivered using NFV using a DSFC contract blockchain. The device, DSFC contract and initiator of a request for the network service are identified using a self-sovereign identity blockchain. The device determines it is to orchestrate the network service based on the DSFC contract blockchain and identifies at least one entity to provide the network service from a DWH contract blockchain that contains DWH contract bids of entities for the network service. The entities and DWH contract are identified using the self-sovereign identity blockchain. The device ensures that the DWH contract is being executed by the at least one entity according to the DWH contract and provides remuneration after fulfillment.