Blockchains (smart contracts, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed are the themes of today's Spotlight Patents. Assigned to United Services Automobile Association, the first of today's patents address techniques to track, store, and manage events, rights and liabilities. Assigned to Identify3D, the second patent addresses techniques for data management and security for digital manufacturing.
11,023,604, "Systems and methods to track, store, and manage events, rights and liabilities," assigned to United Services Automobile Association (USAA).
Aspects herein relate to storing information concerning rights and liabilities or other records on distributed ledgers. A method disclosed can include identifying a transferor blockchain associated with rights and liabilities for transfer from a transferor to an acquirer, identifying an acquirer blockchain associated with the acquirer, creating an interim blockchain including the rights and liabilities, generating entries to the transferor blockchain removing the rights and liabilities, and generating entries to the acquirer blockchain adding the rights and liabilities. Another method disclosed can include identifying a critical record of a party, identifying a blockchain associated with the party, and generating an entry on the blockchain associated with the critical record, the entry having permissions related to at least the party.
11,023,608, "System and method for data management and security for digital manufacturing," assigned to Identify3D, Inc.
A method and system for providing secure delivery, transport, modification, exchange of digital design and build files that have been bundled into a digital asset within a complex digital supply chain. The system also provides for quality standards when the digital asset is used to manufacture a physical part, and provides for secure feedback to stakeholders for the purpose of digital logistics, data analytics, or liability. The system includes, but is not limited to, manufacturing, licensing, modification and delegation policy, generating authorization certificates, authenticating manufacturing devices and provide qualitative and quantitative file consumption data.