Blockchain 

Bank of America Files Patent for Multi-Tiered Digital Currency Wallet

United States-based investment banking company Bank of America (BofA) has filed a patent for a digital currency wallet with multiple layers of asset access. The proposed wallet would accept different passwords for different amounts of funds requested.  The United States Patent and Trademark Office published BofA’s application on Aug. 15. Per the filing, this technology would comprise a computing platform with a digital wallet interface.  The platform would be configured to operate within a peer-to-peer network for blockchain management — which could potentially be public or private. The application points to…

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Blockchain 

Alibaba Files US Patent for Blockchain Domain Name Management System

Chinese online retail giant Alibaba has applied for a United States patent entitled “Domain Name Management Scheme for Cross-Chain Interactions in Blockchain Systems.”  Alibaba filed its latest application on Aug. 15 in a continuation of an application filed in November 2018. According to the filing, Alibaba intends to patent a system that uses what they call a “unified blockchain domain name” (UBCDN) in order to denote and share information. In the system, Alibaba proposes to use a computing system to generate a UBCDN message which contains a blockchain domain name…

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Blockchain 

Walmart Files Patent for Blockchain-Based Drone Communication System

American retail giant Walmart has submitted a patent application for a drone communication system that is based on blockchain technology.  Walmart filed its patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Aug. 1. The filing describes a system on a drone that encrypts and stores that drone’s operational parameters. That information is subsequently passed to another drone, which decrypts, reads and then configures to those parameters. In essence, the vehicle-to-vehicle communication system between unmanned drones would relay messages, mesh communications networks and allow machines to be aware…

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Blockchain 

Tech Behemoth IBM Files for a Blockchain-Enabled Web Browser Patent

American technology behemoth IBM has filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a blockchain-enabled web browser patent. According to a patent application published on Aug. 6, IBM has filed a patent application for a system that stores web browser events on a blockchain. The browser described in the filing collects information during web browsing sessions and transfers it to peers in a peer-to-peer network for on-chain storage of the in-browser events. Examples of data that could be stored on chain include: visited websites, bookmarks, search terms, cookies,…

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Blockchain 

tZERO Announces Patent for Traditional Exchange Blockchain Integration

Blockchain startup tZERO, announced that it has been awarded a patent for a technology allowing to anchor traditional trades and exchanges to public blockchains. A blockchain integration for exchanges The company announced the development in a press release published on Aug. 6. The patent reportedly describes an integration by the Time Ordered Merkle Epoch (TOME) methodology. The release’s author explains TOME as “a base-layer technology that uses digital signatures to record and verify time-series data such as trades, executions and settlements.” An auditable record of trades Per the release, the…

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Blockchain 

Walmart is Trying to Patent Its Own ‘Libra’ Like Digital Currency

A new patent filing suggests that United States retail giant Walmart may be developing its own U.S. dollar-backed digital currency similar to Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency.  Walmart filed patent for “Digital Currency via Blockchain” Patent filing number 20190236564, “System and Method for Digital Currency via Blockchain,” was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Aug. 1. The document outlines a method for: “Generating one digital currency unit by tying the one digital currency unit to a regular currency; storing information of the one digital currency unit into a…

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Blockchain 

US Awards Patent for Blockchain-Based Firearm Data Recording System

Two American inventors have won a patent for a blockchain-based recording system for ballistic data.  The United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded two inventors — Jason Palazzolo and Kevin Barnes — a patent for a “firearm environmental recording apparatus and system” on July 23. This apparently could include multiple recording devices, including a camera, microphone, and spatial sensor module that can record velocity, spatial measurements and acceleration data.  The filing states that a blockchain database or network could be used to store or be associated with any of the…

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Ethereum 

Patent Trolling or Hedging Risks?

Earlier this week, Bank of America (BofA), one the United States’ largest financial institutions, made a massive splash in the crypto sphere as the details of its recently registered patent, entitled “Real-Time Net Settlement by Distributed Ledger System” and citing the Ripple blockchain, emerged in the press. Even though the extent and exact character of the proposed system’s reliance on Ripple is impossible to determine from the filing, the community of XRP holders and supporters rejoiced. A piquant nuance is that the XRP token itself was never mentioned in documentation, suggesting a…

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Blockchain 

Bank of America Files Patent for Settlement System Citing Ripple

Bank of America has filed for a patent for a settlement system citing the Ripple ledger, according to a filing on Google Patents. The patent in question — the application of which was published on June 6 — describes a system using distributed ledger technology (DLT) as an interbank communication tool. The proposed system would enable real-time settlement with transactions being communicated through a shared, decentralized ledger to which both the banks would have access. The decentralized network would both verify the identity of the payer and the payee and…

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Blockchain 

Energy Company E.ON Files Blockchain Patent for Data Analytics Device

Energy network company E.ON has filed a patent application for a blockchain-based data collector with the European Patent Office.  E.ON announced the patent filing on the company’s website on July 19. As per the announcement, the device in question makes use of sensors to collect user data, which the user can then choose to sell as data analytics. According to the announcement, users supply data from smart home applications.  E.ON claims that the customer has sole control over who accesses any given portion of their data. This includes E.ON itself,…

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