Bank of America has filed for a patent for a settlement system citing the Ripple ledger, according to a filing on Google Patents.
The patent in question — the application of which was published on June 6 — describes a system using distributed ledger technology (DLT) as an interbank communication tool. The proposed system would enable real-time settlement with transactions being communicated through a shared, decentralized ledger to which both the banks would have access.
The decentralized network would both verify the identity of the payer and the payee and enable communication between the institutions. Notably, multiple illustrations included in the patent explicitly cite Ripple DLT. Ripple’s base asset and proposed settlement gateway asset XRP is not mentioned in the patent.
In June, news broke that Siam Commercial Bank, Thailand’s largest commercial bank, denied any plans to start using Ripple’s XRP token, contrary to earlier indications. The denial came after the bank tweeted that an “XRP system will be announced soon” on June 5.
As Cointelegraph reported earlier this month, Ripple incubator and investment arm Xpring has distributed $500 million to over 20 XRP projects — including the blockchain-based gaming platform Forte — since its launch in May 2018. The aim of the incubator is to fund the development of use cases for Ripple’s XRP token.
Mexico-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitso has raised capital from a number of major investors including Ripple, Coinbase, and Jump Capital to help it expand into Latin America.
The UNICEF is rolling out a pilot program to accept cryptocurrency donations—and won’t be converting the raised funds to cash.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission chair believes that Ethereum is a commodity, according to Yahoo Finance.
Ripple announced on Wednesday a collaboration with UK-based Finastra, reportedly the third-largest FinTech firm in the world, to allow Finastra's customers access to RippleNet, Ripple's global payment network, for faster, cheaper, and more reliable cross-border payments.
Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, has added WeChat and Alipay as payment methods on its platform.