Blockchain and intellectual property rights
The rights related to intellectual property identify two types of rights : the “ registered rights ” (patent, brand, registered drawing) and the “ unregistered rights ” (copyright, business secrecy, know-how, trade name or trade dress)
The registered rights are generally protected by an accredited organization, such as “ INPI ” in France. When protecting intellectual property through an authorized organization, it is really simple to defend its rights in case of fraudulent use.
However, it is much more complex to protect its interests related to “ unregistered creations ”. In most cases, the creation hasn’t been anchored or certified : thus it is very hard to justify its existence before a judge, in the event of a dispute.
Benefit of the Blockchain to authenticate unregistered rights
For this category of rights, the incurred risk by companies is much more important. A recent example shows it again, as Teradata an American company has filed a lawsuit against SAP, the German software company in June 2018. Teradata is pleading a “ trade secret diversion, the infringement of copyright and antitrust laws ”. In any case, this type of litigation can cause severe damages for both companies.
The benefit of Blockchain authentication is to protect the rights associated to any creation, through a decentralized process. The proof created doesn’t depend on any third party (i.e. authorized organization) unlike actual solutions, and can be directly verified on the Blockchain. This certificate is the first written evidence and is accepted by a judge, as well as an email.
Functioning of Blockchain authentication
The Blockchain authentication is simply adding the digital footprint of a creation on the Blockchain. The creation itself is never registered on the Blockchain. The anteriority and integrity of the creation are guaranteed without its content being disclosed to anyone, even to Datatrust. Our service only keeps the digital footprint and will never store the creation without your agreement.
In practical terms, the Blockchain authentication will allow any company to produce as evidence in court of law :
- The author of the authentication identity
- The time and hour of the authentication
- The creation footprint
These 3 essential informations will be automatically created during the authentication process. A certificate of integrity will let the judge verify the validity of the informations. Any creation can then be authenticated, whatever its format (PNG, JPEG, PSD…)
If you are interested about this process, don’t hesitate to contact our team. We will take the time to analyze your needs and to answer all your questions.