In 2019, Bitcoin Association has so far sponsored two Bitcoin SV Wallet workshops, which have both been very productive. The first in February gave us the new Paymail protocol (to remove cumbersome Bitcoin addresses from the user experience); the second in August delivered a commitment from many parties to contribute to a wide range of technical standards for BSV.
Bitcoin Association would like to open up this workshop process to the wider ecosystem. The reason this hasn’t been done to date has been the need to protect intellectual property arising from the outputs of these cooperative efforts for the benefit of the Bitcoin SV ecosystem. The two prior Wallet Workshops were conducted on the understanding that their work product was kept confidential until such time as the outputs could be assessed for potential patentable subject matter, and if appropriate, filing of patent applications to protect any relevant inventions generated by the workshop. This was done for the benefit of the Bitcoin SV ecosystem, to prevent competing blockchain and technology platforms from using innovations from the workshops.
After the prior Wallet Workshops, we have determined that some patentable inventions were created and filed patent applications to protect them for free use on Bitcoin SV. To date, those patent filings have been funded by and held by nChain with the commitment to license them for free use on Bitcoin SV only (under Bitcoin Association’s Open BSV License). Going forward, any new patentable inventions or other protectable intellectual property arising from Bitcoin Association workshops will be held by the Bitcoin Association and made available for the benefit of the Bitcoin SV ecosystem (i.e. under the Open BSV License). It should be noted that none of the patentable inventions generated from the prior wallet workshops apply to the base Bitcoin protocol.