Smart contracts, (blockchains, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed are the themes of today's Spotlight Patents. Assigned to Rhapsody, the first patent addresses techniques for geographically tailored content management systems and methods. Assigned to Entrust, the second patent addresses techniques for providing blockchain participant identity binding.
11,438,654, "Geographically tailored content management systems and methods," assigned to Rhapsody International Inc.
Media-presentation-conscious scheduling protocols are disclosed that may associate a geographical location containing a thing with an identifier of the thing and allow later-found media works that pertain to the identifier to be presented at a mobile device before the device reaches a waypoint of the location. Alternatively or additionally, such protocols may respond to a predicted connectivity impairment of a traveling device by obtaining supplemental content to mitigate a predicted capacity shortage. Alternatively or additionally, such protocols may interrupt live stream content, insert on-demand content, and later return to live stream presentation automatically.
11,438,173, "Methods and apparatus for providing blockchain participant identity binding," assigned to Entrust Inc.
A method and apparatus provides a blockchain that includes one or more blocks that contain a cryptographic binding of a signature-verification public key and/or a data encryption public key to the identity of the holder of the corresponding private key. The binding is performed by one or more key binding entities, referred to herein as a blockchain identity binder. Originators and recipients use the identity binding data to secure block chain transactions.