New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications continue our theme of blockchains (smart contracts, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Theta Labs, the first application discloses techniques for blockchain incentivized data streaming and delivery over a decentralized network. Assigned to Advanced New Technologies (KY), the second application discloses techniques for storing record of copyright event in blockchain through agent.
20210044642, "Methods and systems for blockchain incentivized data streaming and delivery over a decentralized network," assigned to Theta Labs, Inc.
Methods and systems for incentivizing the delivery of data contents among peer nodes in a decentralized data delivery network are disclosed. The network comprises peer-to-peer (P2P) connections implemented on top of a content delivery network (CDN) having CDN servers that provide data resources to network nodes. Such a hybrid network comprises viewer peer nodes, edge cacher peer nodes, tracker servers, and a payment service module. A micropayment pool is created on a blockchain by the payment service module. A cacher peer node downloads a data resource from a CDN server, and shares portions of the data resource with viewer peer nodes in the hybrid network. In return, the cacher peer node receives from the payment service module, off-chain transactions that encode cumulative payment amounts from the micropayment pool to the cacher peer node. A last off-line transaction is submitted to the blockchain to claim a total payment amount.
20210044439, "Method and system of storing record of copyright event in blockchain through agent," assigned to Advanced New Technologies (KY)
Disclosed are a method and system of storing a record of a copyright event in a blockchain through an agent. Devices of some work service providers operating work-related services can serve as member nodes to form a consortium blockchain network. Each work service provider broadcasts copyright events generated based on its work-related services to the consortium blockchain network, so all the work service providers perform blockchain-based distributed storage. In addition, the plurality of member nodes include at least one agenting member node; each agenting member node has a right to agent copyright event record storage for a non-member node corresponding to the agenting member node.