Smart contracts, (blockchains, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed are the themes of today's Spotlight Patents. Assigned to Amazon, the first of today's patents addresses techniques for hardening quantum computing security. Assigned to Turner Broadcasting System, the second patent addresses techniques for providing media content to content consumers for playback and consumption.
11569989, “Blockchain system for hardening quantum computing security,” assigned to Amazon.
A blockchain-based message transmission is provided. The system may include a plurality of silicon-based devices encapsulated in quantum cases. Each quantum case may include a quantum random number generator and a public key. The quantum random number generator may generate quantum-resilient random numbers to be used as private keys. The system may include a private network. The private network may include a subset of system's devices. A first device, included in the private network, may transmit a message to a second device included in the private network. A first quantum case that encapsulates the first device may intercept the message, generate a private key, encrypt the message using the private key, generate a data transaction block that includes message metadata, upload the data transaction block to a system blockchain and transmit the message to the recipient upon receipt of an approval from a majority of devices.
11570515, “Providing media content to content consumers for playback and consumption,” assigned to Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Media content items is provided to content consumers for playback by the disclosed system that includes plurality of nodes interacting with each other based on a defined protocol in communication network. A first node associated with a first participant receives a request for playback of a media content from a content consumer. A second node associated with a second participant provides media content rights to the first participant and/or the content consumer. The first node further provides media content metadata to the consumer device for consumption. A plurality of instances of a distributed media rights transaction ledger, associated with respective node, includes a plurality of media content rights transactions which corresponds to an acquisition of the media content rights by the first participant and/or content consumer prior to the consumption of the media content, and are managed by the plurality of nodes in accordance with the defined protocol.