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December 30, 2015, 01:24:45 PM
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Bankers may not think bitcoin will ever go fully mainstream, but they clearly believe there is value in the technology that powers such cryptocurrencies, known as blockchain.

On Dec. 17, the US Patent office published 10 blockchain-related patents filed by Bank of America in July 2014. The patents haven’t been granted yet, but the filings demonstrate the bank’s interest in using blockchain technology to revamp its backend operations, which, like other financial institutions, are largely paper-based.
The wide-ranging patents cover everything from a “cryptocurrency transaction payment system” which would let users make transactions using cryptocurrency, to risk detection, storing cryptocurrencies offline, and using the blockchain to measure fraudulent activity. (The blockchain is essentially a publicly available ledger that’s distributed to everyone within a network.)

Bank of America had no comment.

Financial institutions are quickly ramping up their research efforts around blockchain technology. Last week, IBM, JPMorgan, the London Stock Exchange, and Wells Fargo announced the Open Ledger Project, a new consortium that will focus on allowing businesses to easily build their own blockchain technology. Bank of America is a part of a consortium led by blockchain startup R3 that’s developing blockchain technology to be used in financial markets. The Aite Group estimates that banks have invested $75 million this year on blockchain tech, a figure the research firm forecasts will grow to $400 million in 2019.

Other financial institutions have been building up their blockchain-related intellectual property. Goldman Sachs filed a patent for its own cryptocurrency, SETLCoin, that would allow traders to execute and clear trades in real time.

It’s hard to speculate what Bank of America will do with these patents, if anything. But Coindesk notes these patents could be hinting at BofA working on a complete network based on blockchain.

http://qz.com/578974/bank-of-america-is-trying-to-load-up-on-patents-for-the-technology-behind-bitcoin/

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December 30, 2015, 01:30:48 PM
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I hope they credit Satoshi on the patents Grin

Speaking more seriously, when people try a centralized blockchain/ledger they will want to try a real, decentralized one Wink
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December 30, 2015, 01:42:07 PM
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The US seems determined to remove itself from world banking. How long will it be before shops start accepting Renminbi as cash in the US?

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December 30, 2015, 01:57:57 PM
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least someone is doing something with it.

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December 30, 2015, 02:33:37 PM
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They can't patent blockchain technology directly as it has been published prior to their application.

What they can patent is certain applications of the blockchain that have not been published previously or that has not been used by another company before.

It's a shame it works this way and I hope the patents will not be granted..

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December 30, 2015, 02:46:50 PM
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What I THINK they're currently doing is working in their own version of the blockchain and THAT version is what they're trying to patent. Now, try to put that in Satoshi's work is not only ridiculous but also dumb. I think they pay lawyers smart enough to realize they can't afford that.

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December 30, 2015, 05:58:33 PM
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If they are awarded a patent for crypto-currency technology.

I wonder if it'll open the door to them being sued for breach of bitcoin copyright & IP.

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