R3 Files Patent Application for Distributed Ledger Tech

Stan Higgins
Aug 24, 2016 at 16:26 UTC
Updated Aug 24, 2016 at 18:18 UTC
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New York startup R3CEV is reportedly attempting to patent a blockchain-inspired financial platform.

According to The Wall Street Journal, a patent filing for a software product dubbed “Concord” took place earlier this week. The startup is said to be aiming for a 2017 launch of the platform, with initial testing taking place later this year.

R3 did not respond to requests for comment at press time, nor was the patent accessible in US Patent & Trademark Office searches.

Unlike public blockchains like bitcoin and ethereum, transactions on Concord are said to be shared only with approved parties using the platform, a move that would follow criticisms about confidentiality in the private blockchain space.

Further, the platform is said to lack a cryptocurrency or digital asset.

In an interview with the Journal, R3 co-founder and COO Todd McDonald described it as a “total re-imagining of the back office”. According to the report, R3 hopes that the platform will attract developers from the finance world who can build applications on top of its technology.

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