Sharing CAD data is risky to your IP and to your business. Starting with registration of authorship, BORIS accompanies your creation through its design phase, providing safety, security, and peace of mind.
Protecting sensitive data like CAD files is a challenge
CAD files are shared with employees, external collaborators and commercial partners; they can be reverse-engineered or leaked accidentally. It's challenging to continually track who has access to your CAD file.
Equally challenging for CAD file creators is control of their intellectual assets, and proving authorship and ownership once the file leaves the environment it was created in.
Risky exposure of IP and precious assets increases in the shared economy
In manufacturing, 94% of all cyber-attacks are from industrial espionage and cyber-theft of trade secrets. Security protocols are costly and never 100% secure.
Traditional IP Law Protection is often regional, expensive, time consuming and can be ineffective
Traditional IP law practice can be far behind the reality of today’s digital market; in many cases, it does not provide adequate protection against misuse and misappropriation of CAD data.
While legal instruments for IP protection are adapted or introduced, technology-driven innovation and authorship continues to outpace these..
Legal agreements can be breached and they can easily be inadequate to cover all parties
Traditional legal contracts, such as non-disclosure and licensing agreements, give a false sense of trust and complicate the negotiation process.
They do not provide active protection against violations either. And it’s not easy to monitor what third parties do with your data. The traditional legal system has practical challenges and limitations, as the burden of proof lies with the infringed party.
Tricks and techniques to protect digital files are weak and lead to mistakes
Trying to protect CAD files by changing the file format, converting to pdf, or sending only one part of a file, results in partial loss of data and geometry alienation. This leads to mistakes and lost time.
Storing sensitive data in a Digital Vault does not ensure full protection
In every company, sensitive documentation is stored in digital vaults such as OneDrive, Box, File Servers, SharePoint, Office 365, etc; however, even with access controls, once downloaded, files leave this protected environment and become vulnerable.
More about our Solution
Hello, I’m BORIS!
I provide creators and innovators with a fast and effective way to assure and secure Intellectual Property rights for their designs.
This is extremely important because BORIS ensures “first in time” registration for any intellectual asset, which automatically ensures “first in right” to IP.
CADChain addresses the problems with sharing CAD data by providing certified proof of ownership and creatorship of CAD files, registered directly on the blockchain, right from within Autodesk Inventor software. This solution is called BORIS and he is the first of many more solutions to come.
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HOW IT WORKS
BORIS is a plugin for Autodesk Inventor. It creates a digital twin of the CAD files and stores data related to these files on the blockchain.
A digital fingerprint of the original files unites the CAD object ID and the owner/creator ID, which serves as timeless and immutable proof of creation and ownership.
The identity of every BORIS account is verified, ensuring certified representation and because BORIS works its magic within Autodesk Inventor, then authorship is also certified. This is extremely important because BORIS ensures “first in time” registration for any intellectual asset, which automatically ensures “first in right” to IP.
WHAT YOU GET
A Verifiable Certificate of ownership for each 3D model
How can it be verified?
A Verifiable Blockchain Certificate is a shareable certificate, like a web link or downloadable PDF.
A web certificate is derived from the actual data on the Blockchain and is a verified proof of your ownership by hashes and proof of transactions
The shareable PDF certificate is a file that represents the same data and contains an additional functionality for verification to prevent tampering with printed or shared PDF Certificates.
It's impossible to forge a CADChain certificate. It's available in two formats:
A public version, containing general information and a screenshot (if the user enables this option), but hiding any sensitive information.
A private "owner" version, which can also be shared with approved third-parties such as collaborating contractors or clients. This version includes all important data.
REGISTER TO GET YOUR CERTIFICATE
BORIS allows businesses/creators to register CAD data ownership. Even 10 years from original creation, your proof of ownership will be valid
BORIS enables the transfer of ownership upon payment, due diligence checks, and signed contracts. Transfers can be authorized only via verified identities.
Tracking changes in ownership is important in order to assign design liability at any given point in time. Work with freelancers while keeping rights to original creatorship and benefit from immediate and proven ownership tracking for your company, all stored on and verifiable through the blockchain.
If the creator and the owner of a 3D model are different parties, BORIS uniquely identifies each. For example, a company owner has a team of engineers developing computer-aided designs according to a client’s order. In this case, the company’s engineer is the creator, but according to the employment contract, the design belongs to the company. BORIS keeps a record of such information wherever the file goes.
BORIS comes with automatic version tracking to improve engineer to engineer and company to company communication and workflow. For example, verify every file modification and ensure that previous versions can be recuperated and liability can be assigned to each modification. Track file metrics such as time between saves and time spent on a specific asset.
SEE HOW IT WORKS
CADChain is a legal tech startup established in 2018 in the Netherlands and developing innovative blockchain solutions to help organizations protect, monetize, and manage their IP globally.
Violetta is responsible for continuous strategy building, navigation of projects, and the establishment of connections at various levels. Violetta has expertise in Linguistics, Education, Management, Blockchain, Finance, Business Modeling, the CAD sector, and many more.
CLO and Co-founder
Dirk-Jan is responsible for the legal framework that CADChain solution needs. Apart from being a CLO, Dirk-Jan also acts as our Data Protection Officer
Timo has a background in IT and Design. Being a COO of CADChain, he supervises the development of core software, overviews operations, and leads a team of external and internal developers across multiple projects.
Evgeny is a CAD developer with experience in Mechanical Engineering and IT. He was instrumental in the feasibility study helping us bring CAD and the blockchain together.
WHY ARE WE UNIQUE?
A solid team
Run by an experiences CEO, the team has successfully run multiple projects
We use sustainable blockchain protocol unlike Bitcoin and the like (read more...)
The blockchain has proven to be suitable for tracking data assets; we go a step further by building GDPR compliance right into our solutions
CADChain has also launched a social impact initiative Fe/male Switch, a non-profit startup game for women
QUOTES AND TESTIMONIALS
"A great innovation, and about time! Protect your valuable IPR, check CADChain and this amazing team out!"
Mark Rayner, Senior Innovation and Growth specialist, UK
"IP theft has been a problem for so many years. I believe these folks are on the right path to fix it for the CAD industry. Keep your eyes on them!"
Cameron Allard, PDM Administrator/IT Applications, US
Save the creative world, CADChain! Please make it available for the mainstream. There are many engineers,architects, artists, that are not able to pay expensive licenses.
"Very excited to see how CADChain grows as digital rights management (DRM) is an area of high priority as design and manufacturing functions depend more and more on sharing digital data with multiple stakeholders"
Design engineer, Anonymous follower of CADChain
“Global collaboration, driven by digital technology, is becoming a major differentiator for our manufacturing customers. Managing the associated risk is key to making global collaboration work. CADChain has found a way to mitigate that risk by using the blockchain technology and is discovering new business models in the process.”
Paul Smeets, CTO of Cadac Group
"For sure your solution fits the industry needs! Your tool should be useful to me in the future I hope. I'll follow you in order to keep updated! I'll be waiting for the next developments for sure."
Júlio Sá, Industrial Engineer - 3D Printing, Product Design, NL
Join our Autodesk Inventor Beta Programme
Become an early adopter and pilot the BORIS solution before it becomes an industry game changer.
Joining the Beta programme is free, and Beta programme participants benefit from installation and integration support from our tech team, as well as discounts on the first commercial version.
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our new and GROUNDBREAKING BLOCKCHAIN SOLUTION FOR FREE by joining our beta programme.
Learn first hand how BORIS can improve and accelerate your CAD data management with a working and fully integrated solution that you can play with and actually use.
Interested participants are being selected by CADChain and informed about next steps beginning on a rolling basis.
What you get by officially joining our test group:
If you are a designer or engineer, working freelance or for a company, and you use Autodesk Inventor software, we invite you to apply to the first Beta test of our Blockchain solution, BORIS for Inventor
Access to the Beta version of BORIS
Try a new solution that leverages the security and power of the blockchain technology, fully integrated in your Autodesk Inventor’s workflow
An opportunity to Discover leading edge technology, hands-on
A unique opportunity to understand how BORISfor Inventor can benefit your business, without paying for the discovery and learning stage
Our team of engineers will work with you to integrate and set up the solution to work seamlessly with your Autodesk inventor software
Special benefits, including discounts on adopting the commercial product, once it is launched. There is no obligation to buy anything in the future
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