In line with a recent patent filed at USPTO, it has granted Xerox a patent for a blockchain-driven auditing system for electronic files. Xerox —famedfor itseponymousprinting and digital duplicating appliances —1stfiled the patent earlier in Aug. 2017. The patent describes a blockchain-based system for the secure recording of revisionscreatedto electronic documents.
The technology offered by Xeroxwillpurportedlyfindwhether or nota file has been altered and tracks the history of changescreated.Owing tothedecentralisedverification mechanism, the systemsobecomesimmune totampering, the filing states.
Explaining the technology behind the patent, Xerox describes a series of blockchain nodesthat willapprove or dismisseverymodificationcreated. The filingadditionallyimplies that the management networkcanalert its users whenevera selectednode fails to approve the document or the content differs from its verified version.
Xerox believes that thenewproprietarytechnologycan be used toaudit electronic files inseveralareas,like medical andmonetaryrecords, tax papers,and academicdocuments. The filing specifically mentions criminal investigation records,likeinterview notes, crime scene photos along with DNA testcheckresultsthat has tobeprotected againstalterations andtempering.
Earlier in 2016, Xerox fileda similarpatent.,attending toproducea blockchain-based timestamp protocol fordatalikecopies orimages.In line withthe filing,the corporatewishedthe marks to beirreversible,that meansthatdatabearing such a markmight besubmitted in court asproof.
Majortechandelectronicscorporationshave filed a slew of patent applications forvaried proprietary iterations and applications of blockchain technology. ASept.reportstated that IBM had filedadditionalblockchain-related patent applications thanthe othercompany at the time of publication.
IBM has filed overninetyblockchain patents,the foremostrecent ofthataims to use blockchain technologyto assistscientific research projectand providea record of its results.