Smart contracts (blockchains, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed are the themes of today's Spotlight Applications. Assigned to Strong Force, the first application discloses techniques for an information technology system for supporting additive manufacturing and value chain workflows. Assigned to IBM, the second application discloses techniques for upstream visibility in supply-chains.
20230090334, “Metal additive manufacturing for value chain networks,” assigned to Strong Force VCN Portfolio 2019, LLC
An information technology system for supporting additive manufacturing and value chain workflows includes a cloud-based metal additive manufacturing management platform including an artificial intelligence system configured to learn on a training set of outcomes, parameters, and data collected from one or more additive manufacturing nodes to optimize additive manufacturing and value chain processes and workflows. The information technology system includes a distributed ledger system configured to store data related to the manufacturing nodes.
20230086819, “Upstream visibility in supply-chain,” assigned to IBM
An example operation may include one or more of receiving, by a retailer node, an encrypted inventory of goods data from a plurality of supplier nodes over a blockchain network, computing, by the retailer node, an ordering proportion based on the encrypted inventory of goods data, generating, by the retailer node, an ordering policy based on the ordering proportion, and executing a smart contract to order goods from the plurality of the supplier nodes based on the ordering policy.