Blockweave: Patents Granted for Low-Cost Alternative to Blockchain

Blockweave: Patents Granted for Low-Cost Alternative to Blockchain

Blog Article Published: 09/14/2020

By Maëva Ghonda, Co-Chair, CSA Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology Working Group

In the last 24 months, 46 patent documents referencing Blockweave technology have been filed by a single owner, Pure Storage Inc. To date, 5 of these applications have already transitioned to granted patent status by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Patent law is national; hence, it is important to note that 9 of these patent documents have already emerged via the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)—a United Nations agency for multi-jurisdiction patent filings—example: International Publication No. WO 2019/160689 A1 for Storage Layer Data Security. Nonetheless, the cadence of these Blockweave patent documents signal strategic intent, i.e. Pure Storage Inc. is first seeking Blockweave protection in the United States to enable a primary North America go-to-market strategy[1].

The promise of Blockweave technology is a low-cost alternative to Blockchain with the potential to resist attacks by classical and quantum computers.[2] Blockweave has gained interest because it provides data storage by enabling secure decentralization without employing the entire chain.[3] Unlike Blockchain technology where proof of work (PoW) relies on the previous block to produce each sequential block, with Blockweave, the proof of access (PoA) algorithm can integrate data from a randomly selected preceding block for validation.[4] Consequently, Blockweave consumes drastically less hashing power for consensus as new information is added to the system.[5] This technology facilitates scalability and speed since miners no longer need to store all the blocks as in a Blockchain.[6] If it delivers on its promise, Blockweave technology could capture a significant tranche of the Blockchain market in a relatively short time because 90% of existing enterprise Blockchain platforms will require replacement by next year to remain secure and to prevent obsolescence.[7]

About the Author:

Maëva Ghonda is a Cybersecurity and Quantum Risk Management Expert. Maëva’s articles on Blockchain, Quantum, and Cybersecurity are published weekly by the Cloud Security Alliance.

Maëva Ghonda is the chair of the Quantum Initiative Advisory Board for the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC). Maëva is also on the leadership team of ATARC’s Security Working Group. For the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), Maëva Ghonda is the co-chair of the Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology Working Group. Maëva is also the group leader for CSA's team of 210 globally recruited experts creating Cybersecurity and Privacy Best Practices and Standards for Blockchain Technology. Maëva's global team includes the brightest minds from Facebook, Google, Amazon, Deloitte, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, and many more renowned institutions worldwide. For the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Maëva Ghonda is on the Editorial Board of IEEE’s Peer-Reviewed Blockchain Technical Briefs.

Maëva Ghonda’s interests include: Quantum Computing, Cryptography, Cryptocurrency, and Quantum Money.

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[1] Emberson, M; Cox; M.; Power, T. 2019. Storage Layer Data Security. Pure Storage Inc. WO 2019/160689 A1. World Intellectual Property Organization.

[2] Bernat, A; Yurzola, D; Brennan, T.; Miller, E., Colgrove, J. 2020. Secret Sharing Data Protection in a Storage System. Pure Storage Inc. US 10623386 B1. United States Patent and Trademark Office.

[3] Bernat, A; Yurzola, D; Brennan, T.; Miller, E., Colgrove, J. 2020. Secret Sharing Data Protection in a Storage System. Pure Storage Inc. US 10623386 B1. United States Patent and Trademark Office.

[4] Bernat, A; Yurzola, D; Brennan, T.; Miller, E., Colgrove, J. 2020. Secret Sharing Data Protection in a Storage System. Pure Storage Inc. US 10623386 B1. United States Patent and Trademark Office.

[5] Bernat, A; Yurzola, D; Brennan, T.; Miller, E., Colgrove, J. 2020. Secret Sharing Data Protection in a Storage System. Pure Storage Inc. US 10623386 B1. United States Patent and Trademark Office.

[6] Bernat, A; Yurzola, D; Brennan, T.; Miller, E., Colgrove, J. 2020. Secret Sharing Data Protection in a Storage System. Pure Storage Inc. US 10623386 B1. United States Patent and Trademark Office.

[7] Gartner Predicts 90% of Current Enterprise Blockchain Platform Implementations Will Require Replacement by 2021. 2019. https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2019-07-03-gartner-predicts-90--of-current-enterprise-blockchain

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