Blockchain Week was in full force, with Consensus 2019 event held in New York City May 13-15. Our IPMT group was represented by Ted Mlynar, Head of the U.S. Blockchain and DLT Practice, and was joined by UK partners John Salmon and Richard Diffenthal. Coined the most influential blockchain event of the year, Consensus brought together a wide … Continue Reading
The Consumer industry is evolving at lightning speed, and the way consumer companies operate is shifting. From issues in supply chain to the digitalization of the consumer experience, companies are rapidly changing to keep up with consumer demands. Last year businesses in the consumer industry saw a wave of unprecedented disruption and transformation, and 2019 promises challenges of similar or … Continue Reading
Our San Francisco office is hosting a “Women in Blockchain” panel on Wednesday, April 10. Mary Beth Buchanan, General Counsel for Kraken Cryptocurrency Exchange, will kick off the event as the Keynote speaker. An all-women panel, including speakers from Circle, BitFlyer, and Coinbase, will share their insights regarding developments and opportunities in crypto exchanges.
The evening will … Continue Reading
2018 posed new opportunities and challenges for IP-rich businesses, with major new legislation introduced in Europe to govern trademark and trade secret protection; significant and transformational case law in the U.S., and the confirmation of new planned IP-specific legislation for several jurisdictions in Asia.
We’re here to help you keep abreast of these changes and understand how they impact you. … Continue Reading
Since publishing the original version of our guide to blockchain and data protection in September 2017, there has been considerable further commentary from academics, politicians and practitioners, some of which suggested that there is inherent incompatibility of blockchain systems with EU data protection law.
The European Parliament has adopted a non-legislative resolution on distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) and blockchains. In the resolution, which was adopted last month, the Parliament emphasised that the EU has an opportunity to become “the global leader” in the field of DLT and to be a “credible actor” in shaping its development and markets globally. The resolution discusses potential … Continue Reading
On 9 August and 28 September 2018, the new Cyberspace Courts in Beijing and Guangzhou were officially opened. These new specialised courts, along with their equivalent one that was formed in Hangzhou in August 2017, are meant to tackle the quickly swelling stream of internet-related court procedures in China. The establishment of these specialised courts is an encouraging step for … Continue Reading
In this new article in Financier Worldwide, IP Partners Zenas J. Choi and Cullen G. Taylor take a look at how businesses should develop strategies to turn a wealth of raw data into valuable assets by harnessing the power of new tech and capturing the value that legal solutions provide. The following key areas are covered:
- What is data commercialisation?
Competition law questions are increasingly raised in the public debate about the blockchain technology. While there is yet to be any investigation in this field, the policy debate about applying competition law instruments to this disruptive, decentralised technology is heating up. The latest and probably most comprehensive approach to structuring the discussion comes from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and … Continue Reading
Ted Mlynar and Ira Schaefer from our Blockchain-Smart Contract IPMT Working Group return to the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal podcast series following their first episode in November 2017.
Ted and Ira open this podcast with a brief account of Bitcoin’s background and give an overview of the current cryptocurrency landscape. They go on to discuss the … Continue Reading
We’re here to help: we have published our second annual Global IP Outlook. The Outlook reflects on some of the major developments in intellectual property law and emerging and growing industries. Regardless … Continue Reading
Bitcoin may make headlines when its value crashes or climbs, but the blockchain technology behind the controversial cryptocurrency could help Africa overcome some of its biggest developmental challenges.
Blockchain could present new ways to help overcome challenges, which continue to stymy the continent’s growth. Corruption and fraud are classic problems yet people are still looking at them through the lens … Continue Reading
Ted Mlynar and Ira Schaefer in our Blockchain-Smart Contracts IPMT Working Group were interviewed for the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal podcast series.
Ted and Ira talk about their work with Ethereum smart contracts, and how blockchain technology can be used to protect intellectual property rights. They also discuss the important new roles for lawyers in implementing … Continue Reading
Does blockchain technology open up new avenues in the field of electromobility? Can decentralized processes that are controlled by a large network be used to convert individual mobility on the road to electrified vehicles and sustainable energy resources? These questions are the starting point of the following blog post of our series on blockchain. In addition to smart contracts… Continue Reading
First come, first served. That’s not the principle behind the clearance of Bitcoin transactions. Equally for other blockchain technology networks, the relevant factor to get a transaction on the next available block is not time, but often: money. “Paid prioritization” is a reality. Miners will first pick and clear those transactions which will most highly reward them.
Is this a … Continue Reading
As previously reported, on Thursday, March 9th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a forum on the consumer implications of recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies. This is the second of two entries on the March 9th FinTech Forum. Today’s post focuses blockchain technologies. Coverage of the opening remarks and the AI discussion may … Continue Reading
On Thursday, March 9th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a forum on the consumer implications of recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies. This was the FTC’s third forum on issues in FinTech. Previous FinTech Forums covered marketplace lending and crowdfunding and peer-to-peer payments.
In opening remarks, the FTC acknowledged the benefits of technological … Continue Reading
In a March 17 live stream webinar, a panel of academic all-stars will discuss the key legal and tech trends for 2017, including regulation of artificial intelligence, the disruptive potential of blockchain, competition law and big data, global privacy and copyright trends, and the future of net neutrality.
Our panel will also share insights into the tech priorities of … Continue Reading
Our partners Ted Mlynar and Lewis Cohen were quoted in a Wall Street Journal article which covers Hogan Lovell’s thought leadership on blockchain technologies, specifically how to grapple with the practical issues involved in implementing a smart contract.
Ted advocates an integrated approach by transactional counsel with subject matter expertise, smart contract lawyers, and programmers. To demonstrate, he and partner … Continue Reading
In the era of smart contracts, lawyers will still have plenty of work ensuring the devs get the code right. Many people expect that formal written contracts, and the lawyers that draft them, will be obsolete.
It is presumed that the agreed-upon term sheet will be simply given to a software developer to convert into smart contract computer code. That … Continue Reading
On 11 November, 2016, Hong Kong’s Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (“ASTRI“) published its “Whitepaper On Distributed Ledger Technology” (the “DLT Whitepaper“), a substantial research exercise commissioned by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (the “HKMA“).
The DLT Whitepaper is a useful and well-informed introduction to blockchain, or distributed ledger technology (“DLT“), … Continue Reading
In a thought-provoking paper presented at this year’s TPRC Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy, Internet scholar Kevin Werbach explains how the use of blockchain technology creates a new kind of trust architecture, which Werbach calls “trustless trust.”
Most existing trust relationships are based on a centralized “Leviathan” trust architecture where the state or another centralized authority … Continue Reading
Chris Mammen, Partner in our San Francisco office, recently interviewed Berkeley Law professors Narechania and McCrary about some of the IP applications of blockchain. This short video touches upon the following points:
- What is blockchain?
- Does it have broader applications outside Finance?
- Who is the inventor and why is his/her/their identity important?
- How might ownership of a core set of
What is Blockchain?
You may have heard this term and wondered what it is (as have most of us). A blockchain is in essence a distributed digital database which maintains a list of records.
Members (with access to the database) validate the data in a specific block by means of a consensus of members using algorithmic calculations which utilize cryptography … Continue Reading