Bank of America got a crypto-exchange system patent

Now this Bank can offer cryptocurrency exchange services for corporations
07 December

The second-largest bank in the U.S. Bank of America got a patent for cryptocurrency exchange system which allows to offer cryptocurrency exchange services for its corporate clients. In a patent awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Bank outlined a potential cryptocurrency exchange system that would convert one digital currency into another. Also this system would be automated to put the exchange rate between two cryptocurrencies by different data feeds.

According to the patent the system would consist of three part. The first part would be a customer’s account. The other two would be accounts owned by the business running the system. The user would store their chosen cryptocurrency through the customer account. The second account would act as a holding area for the cryptocurrency which the customer is selling. The third account would contain the equivalent amount of the cryptocurrency which the customer is converting his money in.

This third account would then deposit the converted money back into the original customer account for withdrawal. The system would get data from external information of cryptocurrency exchange rates sources, and use this data to put its own optimal rate. This service would be for enterprise-level customers.

Enterprises may handle a large number of financial transactions on a daily basis. As technology advances, financial transactions involving cryptocurrency have become more common. For some enterprises, it may be desirable to exchange currencies and cryptocurrencies.


According to the patent

Also this system could evaluate potential illicit trades transactions, calculating a risk score in accordance with the transfering amount of cryptocurrency and other available information.

Intel to Apply Blockchain Mining to Genetic Sequencing

Intel intends to utilize the energy expended during cryptocurrency mining for the sequencing of genetic data
15 December

Yesterday the U.S. Patent released a patent application called "Blockchain System with Nucleobase Sequencing as Proof of Work". In the application Intel’s inventors describe a type of computer called a sequence mining platform (SMP) which would identify the order or nucleobases in a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or ribonucleic acid (RNA).

Nucleobases are the molecules that make up DNA and RNA, which contain the genetic information within every living organism on the planet. The order of these bases determines what physical traits a person, plant or animal features.

The patent application states that the SMP would use a nucleobase sequencing unit to actually establish the order of nucleobases in a given sample, which would then be verified by the blockchain before being permanently recorded on it.

The POW algorithm will be used to both identify the sequence and subsequently verify it, according to the application, and the sequence recorded on one block would be used as a base for the POW problems in the next block.