New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays (although there appear to be no new applications published today, Jan. 7). Today's Spotlight Applications continue our theme of blockchains (smart contracts, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Beatdapp Software, the first application discloses techniques for continuous tracking of media playback using blockchain (see also 20200412819 and 20200412818). Assigned to AT&T, the second application discloses techniques for scalable and secure content delivery.
20200412820, "System and method for continuous tracking of media playback using blockchain," assigned to Beatdapp Software, Inc. (CA)
Systems and methods for continuous tracking of media file playback. First, transaction data from a platform stream is received. The transaction data corresponds to a request to play a media file from an end user, as well as continuous play information. Next, the transaction data is verified. Then, the verified transaction data is signed using a cryptographic signature. Next, it is determined whether the transaction data corresponds to a valid blockchain transaction. If the transaction data corresponds to a valid blockchain transaction, the valid blockchain transaction is recorded to a blockchain. Last, the transaction data and the cryptographic signature are transmitted to one or more validation nodes.
20200409910, "System and process for scalable and secure content delivery," assigned to AT&T.
Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, segmenting a file to obtain a set of segments, wherein the file can be regenerated according to a recombination of the set of segments. At least some segments are transported to a targeted group of users including a first group of users and a second group of users, via unlicensed frequency spectrum and according to a peer-to-peer file sharing process. A segmentation record identifying the set of segments is provided to the targeted group of users. A progress of a delivery of the set of segments is monitored according to the segmentation record. The progress of the delivery is analyzed to identify a deficiency in delivery of a particular segment of the set of segments. Responsive to the deficiency, the particular segment is provided to the first group of users via a licensed frequency spectrum. Other embodiments are disclosed.