New pending patent applications are published on Thursdays. This week's Spotlight Applications continue our theme of blockchains (smart contracts, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Optium, the first application discloses techniques for orchestrated consensus validation for distributed ledgers using heterogeneous validation pools. Assigned to Einstein Technologies, the second application discloses techniques for blockchain as a service.
20200409937, "Orchestrated consensus validation for distributed ledgers using heterogeneous validation pools," assigned to Optum, Inc.
Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for creating and using heterogeneous pools of validators to implement blockchain consensus. The specialized validators can be segmented and pooled based on their roles and functionalities in the consensus mechanism.
20200401573, "Blockchain as a service method, apparatus, and system," assigned to Einstein Technologies.
Methods, apparatus, and system to provide access to a blockchain computer system as a service to a non-blockchain computer system through an application programming interface, wherein the application programming interface is configured through a portal computer and wherein application programming interface calls are implemented by an application programming interface processing computer.