Smart contracts, (blockchains, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed are the themes of today's Spotlight Patents. Assigned to Wells Fargo, the first of today's patents address techniques for quantum consensus. Assigned to DISH Networks, the second patent addresses techniques for content anti-piracy management.
11601266, “Systems and methods for quantum consensus,” assigned to Wells Fargo Bank.
Systems, apparatuses, and methods are disclosed for quantum entanglement authentication (QEA). An example method includes receiving, by a first computing device, a first electronic identification of a first subset of a first set of entangled quantum particles and a second number, the second number generated based on a second subset of the first set of entangled quantum particles associated with a second computing device, wherein each entangled quantum particle in the first set of entangled quantum particles is entangled with a respective entangled quantum particle in a second set of entangled quantum particles, receiving, from the second computing device, a first number and a fourth number, generating, by the first computing device, a third number based on the first subset of the first set of entangled quantum particles, and authenticating, by session authentication circuitry of the first computing device, in an instance in which the third number corresponds to the first number and the fourth number corresponds to the second number, a session between the first computing device and the second computing device.
11599604, “Content anti-piracy management system and method,” assigned to DISH Network LLC
A software and/or hardware facility that can be used by content owners to assert ownership of content so that copyright friendly websites and services can take action against copyright piracy effectively, efficiently and is scalable is disclosed. The facility makes available to all content owners watermarking/fingerprinting technology so an identifier (e.g., a unique code) can be embedded in the content (e.g., video/audio portion of each video content asset). The facility utilizes blockchain technology to add information related to each unique identifier in a database and allows an authorized user (e.g., the owner) to update the information through a blockchain transaction.