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Filing figures suggest blockchain-related patents boom

Ellie Mertens, New York

Research from Envision IP finds 1,045 US patents – both pending and approved – related to blockchain technology, and projects that applications will “continue at an increasing pace”

Launched in 2008, blockchain is essentially an encrypted, public ledger of data that can be used to trade securely without intermediaries. The technology is in the public domain, but significant variations may be patented, and many companies have been vying...

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