Smart contracts (blockchains, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed are the themes of today's Spotlight Patents. Assigned Robert Vanzetta, the first of today's patents addresses techniques to facilitate gamified arbitration of smart contracts. Assigned to Equinix, the second patent addresses techniques for tracing timestamps through immutable records.
11699202, “Method and system to facilitate gamified arbitration of smart contracts,” assigned to Robert Vanzetta.
Disclosed herein is a system to facilitate gamified arbitration of smart contracts. Further, the system includes a communication device configured for receiving a smart contract data associated with a disputed smart contract from an external system, transmitting an arbitration request to a plurality of arbitrator devices to arbitrate the disputed smart contract, receiving an acceptance of the arbitration request from two or more arbitrator devices in the plurality of arbitrator devices, receiving an arbitration stake from the two or more arbitrator accounts associated with the two or more arbitrator devices, transmitting the smart contract data to the two or more arbitrator devices, and receiving an arbitration result from the two or more arbitrator devices, and a processing device configured for allocating the security deposit fund amongst the plurality of participants and the two or more arbitrators corresponding to the two or more arbitrator devices based on the arbitration result.
11698916, “Tracing timestamps through immutable records,” assigned to EQUINIX, INC.
Systems and methods include techniques for recording information for tracing a timestamp to its source. The techniques can facilitate auditing of a time service by external auditors. The timestamps can be collected from all the sources and intermediate touch points like timing and network switches and can be stored in a distributed time ledger. In one example, a method includes receiving, at a collection time by a time collector, a timestamp from each of a plurality of timing devices at a collection time; aggregating the timestamp of each of the plurality of timing devices into a timestamp record, the timestamp record including the collection time and a timestamp entry for each of the timing devices, wherein the timestamp entry for a timing device includes a timing device identifier and the timestamp corresponding to the timing device providing the timestamp; and inserting the timestamp record into an immutable time ledger.