Fidelity Investments has applied to patent a method by which a blockchain could be used for authenticating voters and processing fair elections.
A major bank in Canada is seeking a patent for a secure means of processing payments that could connect with a public blockchain.
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO) has published a patent application submitted by bitcoin startup Blockstream for its work on sidechains.
US telecom giant AT&T is seeking a patent for a kind of home subscriber server that utilizes a blockchain.
This week's coverage is a testament of just how varied things in the bitcoin space can really get.
Often a topic of contention in the bitcoin community, CoinDesk has rounded up some of the most high profile patent submissions filed to date.
Multinational e-commerce giant eBay has filed two cryptocurrency-related patent applications.
21 Inc, the best-funded company in bitcoin, has filed a patent application with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Bitcoin services firm Coinbase has filed nine patent applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
The USPTO has published a patent filed by Bank of America that seeks to protect a system for wire transfers using cryptocurrency.