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Huawei applied for a patent

Huawei, Chinese telecommunications giant smartphone maker, may be seeking to use blockchain technology to protect digital property rights.

07.Mar.18 7:34 AM
By Daria Zaytseva


Huawei applied for a patent

In its latest patent application, issued by the State Intellectual Property Office of China on Tuesday, the technology company based in Shenzhen details the invention, which claims to add a verification function to a peer-to-peer content distribution network based on blockchain technology.

According to the application, first introduced in August 2016, the system would store verification information for digital content on a blockchain. When parties initiate requests for upload through a peer-to-peer network, the system corresponds to their private keys or licenses to access content with verification information.

Only if consensus is reached when checking the request, blockchain will allow downloading, the patent application says. Huawei claims that the technology is, in fact, a way to protect intellectual property rights over digital content that is distributed over peer-to-peer networks.

While it remains to be seen whether the application will be filed by the patent office, the filing of applications further strengthens Huawei in the transition to the development and implementation of blockchain technology.

In October 2016, the company joined the Hyperledger blockchain consortium, a few months after the application was filed.

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