Chinese telecoms giant and smartphone maker Huawei may be seeking to use blockchain tech to protect digital property rights. In its latest patent application, released by China's State Intellectual Property Office on Tuesday, the Shenzhen-based technology firm details an invention that claims to add a verification feature to a peer-to-peer content distribution network powered by blockchain technology. According to the filing, first submitted in August 2016, the system would store verification information for digital content on a blockchain. When parties initiate download requests over the peer-to-peer network, the system matches their private keys or licenses for accessing the content with the verification information. Only if a consensus is reached in validating the request will the blockchain allow the download, the patent filing says.
Sony has announced the development of a digital rights management (DRM) platform based on the blockchain. The Minato, Tokyo-based firm said on Monday that the DRM solution will focus on the protection of digital content, including electronic textbooks, music, films, VR content, and e-books. While the blockchain-based solution is being developed with the educational industry in mind -- under the umbrella of Sony, Sony Music Entertainment Japan, and Sony Global Education -- the tech giant says the system could have "possible uses in a wide range of fields." Blockchain, also known as distributed ledger technology, acts as the backbone for the exchange of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH). However, the technology has been proposed for wider applications, such as smart contracts, legal asset trades, and as a means to streamline Know Your Customer (KYC) processes between US banks.
The impact of the development of computer science on the knowledge of law is phenomenal and fundamental. Yet, few lawyers have the expertise to understand the impact of new algorithmic methods in their practice. The objectives of the training are twofold: the first is to transfer knowledge and skills in this high-tech sector, while the second is to provide technical training to lawyers. The university degree "Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property" has, on the one hand, a goal to remedy this lack in the field of intellectual property rights. Indeed, if there are many training courses on the digital and the law, none sufficiently understates the new issues of artificial intelligence in the field of intellectual property rights, in order to understand and control the issues of protection of these new types of creation, their usefulness to the implementation of rights, as well as their technical and economic environment.