China develops a blockchain intellectual property

Major Chinese universities are seeking means to patent the blockchain solutions
28 February 2018   1514

China State Intellectual Property Office published data that clearly indicates the will of Chinese government-funded academic institutions to solidify its grip on blockchain technology. The list includes Zhejiang University, Shenzhen University and Chinese Academy of Sciences. Recently, the government of China is doing its best to establish a market for fintech companies, as the number of ordinary companies also trying to patent their patent-related inventions.

To be more specific. Zhejiang University designed a system for cross-border payment operations and it proposes using a blockchain ledger on cloud servers for handling and confirming the transactions instead of traditional third party acting as a trustee. Chinese Academy of Sciences is building a blockchain solution that aims to unite private, public and consortium types of blockchain into one package. As for Shenzhen University, its project is more specific: a system for tagging and tracing artists' works, and on top of that a tamper-proof artwork trading system upon successful launch.

Last week Bank of China reported to have submitted a patent application on using a data compression in the process of block creation in a ledger thus addressing the issue of scaling the latter.

Bakkt to be Launched in December

It is also reported that Goldman Sachs does not plan to create custodial cryptocurrency solutions based on the Bakkt infrastructure
19 October 2018   39

The expected launch of the Bakkt will take place on December 12 of this year. It is reported by The Block, citing informed sources.

Also, the material states that the investment bank Goldman Sachs does not plan to create custodial cryptocurrency solutions based on the Bakkt infrastructure. At the same time, the bank is considering the possibility of trading futures on a new platform.

In a recent Fortune interview with Bakkt, Kelly Lofler said that the cryptocurrency market is on the verge of a revolution comparable in size to the one that occurred on the energy market in the early 2000s.

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Bakkt is a cryptocurrency unit of the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), which is the operator of the New York Stock Exchange. Giants such as Microsoft and Starbucks are taking part in creating of the new project, which is positioned as an “ecosystem for digital assets”.

The new platform will offer deliverable bitcoin futures to the market (unlike the settlement contracts for CBOE and CME, these are based on the underlying asset). The platform will support multiple fiat currencies.