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Retail Giant Alibaba Files US Patent Application for Domain Name Computing System

Online shopping magnate Alibaba recently filed a US patent for a “Domain Name Management Scheme for Cross-Chain Interactions in Blockchain Systems.”

China’s biggest retail company filed its newest patent on August 15. It’s reportedly an addition of an application it filed back in November 2018. 

Unified Blockchain Domain Name

Alibaba’s latest filing revealed that the company plans to patent a method that utilizes what they described as a “unified blockchain domain name” or UBCDN that will designate and share data. 

The domain management scheme is said to utilize a computing system to create a UBCDN message that will include a blockchain domain name as well as a chain identifier that’s linked to the name. The patent also specifically stated that the system generated message will also include the digital signature of the UBCDN owner and a domain certificate. 

It also appears that the system is designed to be used as a consolidated method of managing names in a cross-chain communication through the blockchain systems. The patent even gave various situations wherein the technology would be useful for blockchain managers. 

UBCDN

It mentioned that the UBCDN can include a label or readable identifier that will assist users in remembering and reaching a blockchain instance quickly. This will help promote the use or further adoption of the instance. 

As an example, the patent cited how owners of private or public blockchains can select domain names that relate to their names. This will reportedly help users remember the identifiers of their blockchain instances. 

Alibaba also claimed that its system will enhance current interoperable blockchain networks. It stated that unlike systems like COSMOS, theirs can be recognized and used worldwide by all blockchain instances in a unified network.

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