Smart contracts (blockchains, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed are the themes of today's Spotlight Applications. Assigned to AT&T, the first application discloses techniques for blockchain-based transactions of digital content. Assigned to DISH Wireless, the second application discloses techniques for monitoring services provided by a service provider to a consumer using a smart contract architecture.
20220253844, "Blockchain-based transactions of digital content, " assigned to AT&T.
Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, obtaining, from a content system, transaction information associated with a first digital content item, where the transaction information relates to a purchase of the first digital content item by a first user, processing, using a blockchain network, the transaction information to validate the purchase, based on validating the purchase, generating, using the blockchain network, a first block of data, adding, using the blockchain network, the first block of data to a blockchain, deriving, a first unique identifier for the first digital content item, and providing the first unique identifier to the content system, where the providing the first unique identifier causes the content system to associate the first unique identifier with a first user account associated with the first user, such that the first user is permitted to access the first digital content item. Other embodiments are disclosed.
20220253866, "Systems and methods for monitoring services using smart contracts," assigned to DISH Wireless L.L.C.
Examples of the present disclosure describe systems and methods for monitoring services provided by a service provider to a consumer using a smart contract architecture. In one example, smart contract terms are provided to a DeFi application running on a blockchain, and a smart contract (e.g., a SLA smart contract) is constructed on the blockchain. Once the service provider begins providing service to the consumer, the system may monitor the service performance of the service. If the service performance dips below a certain agreed-upon threshold based on the smart contract, a trigger event may occur. Additionally, the analysis of the service performance data may indicate a service deficiency, wherein a remedial action is suggested to the service provider to be applied. The service deficiency and remedial action may be stored on the blockchain for future review.