With regards to the filing of patents in the virtual currency sector, 2017 turned out to be a busy year. And so far this year the pace seems to have been maintained.
Per an analysis that was conducted by Thomson Reuters China led the world with regards to the number of blockchain patents that were filed. Of the 406 blockchain patents that were filed, 225 of them were from China and this represented approximately 55.4%. The United States was second with 91 patents or 22.4% of the total. Australia was in the third position with 3.2% of the patent which in absolute terms was 13.
Highest number of blockchain patents
The dominance of China was not a surprise since between 2012 and 2017 about two-thirds of the top blockchain filers were Chinese firms. This year it is hard to tell whether the trend will persist since China has imposed a ban on Initial Coin Offerings and cryptocurrencies and this could have an impact on blockchain patent applications.
With regards to the kinds of patents that are being filed, both cryptocurrency-specific and blockchain-specific patents grew in popularity. In 2017 the number of blockchain-specific patents grew by 300% while the number of crypto-specific patents increased by 16%. The total number of cryptocurrency-specific patent applications was 602 last year. This is an indication that despite the instability and volatility associated with virtual currencies many firms see the potential and are still investing in the sector.
While some of the patent application filings indicated that they are not focused on digital currencies that already exist, the technology described could serve as the foundation for future virtual currency projects.
Some of the firms that are leading in the filing of blockchain patents are financial institutions such as Bank of America, Mastercard and JPMorgan. The diversity of the firms showing interest in blockchain technology is however increasing each year and there are now companies which were formed solely for the purpose of researching and developing solutions in distributed ledger technology. This includes companies such as nChain Holdings whose business model revolves around blockchain technology and digital currency technologies.
Firms in industries that have existed for centuries are also starting to get in on the blockchain game and are filing related patents. This includes Chinese insurance firm Zhong An, which is developing several innovative blockchain technologies.
Most impactful patents
Some of most significant blockchain-related patents that were filed last year and early this year includes one filed by U.S. lender Bank of America. The patent application describes an automated virtual currency exchange system which established the best exchange rates between two currencies based on information from external feeds. The lender has plans of offering this technology to enterprises and if it ever comes to fruition could position Bank of America as a global leader in payment processing.
Another significant blockchain patent application was filed by Zhong An and it describes the integration of artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and blockchain technology to enhance food security in China.
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How Binance is strengthening its hold on Bitcoin, altcoin derivatives markets
Binance Futures was launched a year back and today, as per CoinGecko’s ranking of top derivative exchanges, it stands third. The exchange has been popular among users due to its active listing of in-demand products like Chainlink [LINK] quarterly 1225 coin-margined contracts with leverage of 75x. At the time, LINK wasn’t being significantly affected by the falling market, with LINK’s charts showing a degree of recovery instead.
Binance Futures launched Coin-Margined Futures only in Q2, offerings that allowed settlement in cryptocurrencies, instead of cash. The cryptocurrencies that made it to the coin-margined quarterly 0925 contracts were Bitcoin [BTC], Ethereum [ETH], Cardano [ADA], and Chainlink [LINK]. Now, these quarterly contracts are expiring on 25 September.
With the impending expiry and settlement looming closer, Binance Futures have announced that it will list BTC, ETH, ADA, and LINK coin-margined quarterly 0326 Futures contracts on the same day at 08:00 AM [UTC].
The coin-margined quarterly 0925 Futures contracts included the aforementioned coins, with no other major crypto-asset listed. However, coin-margined perpetual Futures contract included Binance’s native coin Binance coin [BNB], along with Polkadot [DOT], both cryptos that also attracted great interest from users.
Binance’s keen eye
Binance has been making use of the market momentum associated with a project by listing their tokens and beating the competition. The most recent instance was when it listed Uniswap’s UNI token within 90 minutes of its launch, followed by the launch of UNI USDT-Margined perpetual contract with up to 50x leverage. The users were able to benefit from the rallying market, especially when the remaining market was undergoing consolidation.
Such a pro-active listing of coins has pushed Binance Futures YTD trading volume to $1 trillion. The exchange witnessed a month-on-month increase of 74% in August, which was equivalent to $184.6 billion, in volume. It was also the highest holder of daily Bitcoin Futures trading volume. However, interestingly, according to the VP of Binance Futures, Aaron Gong, altcoins accounted for about 40% of the exchange’s volume.
With Binance Futures slowly taking over like the Binance exchange in terms of trading volume, other derivatives exchanges may want to pick-up their game.
Israeli Draft Bill Would Nix Hefty Capital Gains Taxes on Bitcoin
Israeli bitcoiners take note: a handful of Knesset members are seeking to ease Israel’s hefty taxation of cryptocurrencies.
Four Knesset members from the nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party on Tuesday introduced a draft bill that would effectively end Israel’s 25% capital gains tax on bitcoin by redefining certain “distributed digital currencies” as currency, instead of a taxable asset.
Robinhood App Supports Screen Widgets on iOS 14
Robinhood widgets can be pinned to the home screen in various spots and sizes, allowing for many different layouts.
Robinhood’s application for iPhone has received a notable update today after Apple introduced the concept of Home Screen widgets in iOS 14, which provide information from apps at a glance.
As announced on the free-commission app’s blog, Robinhood widgets now allows users to check on their portfolio, holdings, and more, without having to tap into the app.
Robinhood widgets can be pinned to the home screen in various spots and sizes, allowing for many different layouts. Users can also place their investment app next to other everyday apps or create an entire screen with their favorite Robinhood destinations.
Updates bring many exciting features to the app users on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch devices. Specifically, Robinhood’s new widgets enables users to track their investments, gain additional insight into their investing habits and view the information about portfolio, holdings, specific stock symbols, among many others.
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Apple users around the world have been busy customizing their screens and sharing screenshots for the “widget gallery” where they can easily add and customize favorite apps. Prior to the latest OS version, users were only allowed to have their apps in a grid of boxes.
Despite the relative lack of 3rd party widgets at iOS 14 initial launch, some of top brands and tech giants have already released widget support. Investment apps, however, were notably absent from the early supporting apps on day one though, over time, widget support will be a standard feature for a large number of apps.
Just yesterday, Robinhood has reportedly closed a new round of capital, having raised an additional $460 million in an extension of its Series G round. In August, the quickly growing stock-trading app announced a $200 million Series G funding led by D1 Capital Partners and putting its valuation at $11.2 billion.
Robinhood has also made multiple changes to its options trading products, part of the improvements the app promised to do after one of its customers died by suicide thinking he incurred losses of over $700,000.
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