Alibaba, a Chinese online retail giant, has applied for a United States patent named “Domain Name Management Scheme for Cross-Chain Interactions in Blockchain Systems.” 

Alibaba had filed an application in November 2018 and in continuation to that, it has filed its latest application on 15th August. According to the application filed, Alibaba aims to patent a system that is used in order to express and share information, what they call as “unified blockchain domain name” (UBCDN). In this system, Alibaba proposes to use a computing system in order to generate a UBCDN message which contains a blockchain domain name and also a chain identifier that is paired with that name.

Precisely, the application filing states that the UBCDN message will contain “ a domain certificate of the UBCDN, a UBCDN of the blockchain instance, a digital signature of an owner of the UBCDN of the blockchain instance (a UBCDN owner) on the UBCDN.”

The patent application further specifies that the UBCDN system is meant to be used as a centralized means of managing domain names in cross-chain interactions across blockchain systems. The patent mentions several examples in which this technology could be useful, like for blockchain managers. 

Moreover, the application states that the system UBCDN, can add a human-readable identifier or label, which will help users to memorize and reach a blockchain situation easily, and thus promoting adoption or use of the blockchain instance. For example,  private blockchains, consortium blockchains or public blockchains’ owners or operators can choose blockchain domain names that will correspond to their names, helping users to remember the identifiers of the blockchain instances.

Alibaba chose to include blockchain technology into its intellectual property system for global brands and companies, as reported by Cointelegraph in May. This new system would clearly let international brands upload electronic deposits on Alibaba’s blockchain-based platform, which would allow them to file complaints relating to intellectual property protection.

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