Yes, inventions related to cryptocurrency are patentable in the United States.
What Is Cryptocurrency?
▪️ Cryptocurrency is a digital form of payment which can be used to buy and sell goods and services.
▪️ Cryptocurrency is fully electronic and does not have a physical form like coins or paper money.
▪️ Cryptocurrency can be managed without a central bank.
What Is The Patent Landscape of Cryptocurrency?
▪️ A keyword search for “blockchain” or “cryptocurrency” shows at least over 700 pending published patent applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
▪️ Visa, IBM, Microsoft, Master Card, Apple, Facebook, Security First Corp., Medici Inc. are among many corporations filing for cryptocurrency or blockchain patents.
Example of Cryptocurrency Patents?
▪️ Coinbase has already received patent grants related to cryptocurrency and block chain –
1. Implementing cryptocurrency transactions at a point-of-sale using a mobile device,
2. Security systems for cryptographic transactions,
3 Blockchain identity management systems,
4. A tip button for bitcoin transactions, and
5 Techniques for analyzing transactions in a distributed ledger.
▪️ Cryptocurrency and blockchain-related patents have helped with the validation of technologies that make cryptocurrencies.
▪️ The urgency of patent protection by many may be indicative of the faith mainstream has in the growth and longevity of cryptocurrency and block chain technologies.
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