Blockchains (smart contracts, NFTs, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed are the themes of today's Spotlight Applications. Assigned to Advanced New Technologies Co., (KY), the first application discloses techniques for issuing reward to work publisher on the basis of blockchain. Assigned to the USPS, the second of today's applications discloses a digital trust architecture.
20210256514, "Method and device of issuing reward to work publisher on the basis of blockchain," assigned to Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd. (KY)
Disclosed are a method and device of issuing a reward to a work publisher on the basis of a blockchain. A blockchain network includes a plurality of service nodes, the service nodes have authorities to publish works to the blockchain, and the plurality of service nodes use a virtual resource as a transfer medium to conduct copyright-related transfers. For a service node publishing a work, a reward is issued to the service node by means of a consensus mechanism in the blockchain network, such that virtual resources corresponding to the service node are increased.
20210258161, "Methods and systems for a digital trust architecture," assigned to United States Postal Service.
In some aspects, methods and systems for a digital trust architecture are provided. In some aspects, the architecture includes a user account provisioning process. The provisioning process may make use of in person verifications of some personal information to ensure authenticity of the user information. Once the authenticity of user information is established, an account may be created. The user account may include a user email account, with integrated access to digital certificates linked to the user account. Account creation may also automatically publish the new user's public key in a publicly accessible directory, enabling encrypted email information to be easily sent to the new user.