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Posted in Blockchain, Policy & Regulation

Hogan Lovells Blockchain Summit

Please join us and Global Digital Finance for a series of in-depth panels and presentations on regulatory and compliance issues from industry leaders and legal compliance specialists on “The Impact of Digital Assets on Financial Institutions”.

When: Tuesday 5 November 2019, 2.30pm – 5.30pm (Conference); 5.30pm – 8.00pm (Drinks Reception) (GMT)

Where: Hogan Lovells London

Keynote speakers:

Lawrence Wintermeyer

Co-Chair, … Continue Reading

Posted in Blockchain Yvonne DraheimSabrina Dücker

How blockchain might change the whole fashion industry – and safeguard the authenticity of your goods

So far you have probably only heard of blockchain in connection with financial transactions and Bitcoins.

Well, that should change soon. Blockchain is the catch-all term for technology that permanently records transactions in a digital, tamper-proof database. Information is distributed across a network of computers rather than being controlled by a single entity, is updated automatically and is accessible to … Continue Reading

Posted in intellectual property Theodore J. Mlynar

IPMT group represented by partner Ted Mlynar at Consensus 2019

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

Posted in Consumer Privacy, Technology

Consumer Horizons 2019

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

Posted in Blockchain, patents Theodore J. MlynarHelen Track

Join us: Women in Blockchain event – San Francisco

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

Posted in Copyright, Cybersecurity, Digital Single Market (EU) Burkhart Goebel

Global IP Outlook 2019 – Two steps forward and a look back

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

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation, Technology Winston MaxwellJohn Salmon

EU: Are blockchain and data protection incompatible?

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.

This updated version of our guide puts forward our views on this question, offering a more … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Technology

IP in the mix: European Parliament adopts resolution on DLTs & blockchains

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

Posted in Cybersecurity, e-commerce Zhen FengSuyu Yuan

China: Three Cyberspace Courts now online and open for business

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

Posted in Technology

Data commercialisation strategy: A drill-down with Financier Worldwide

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?
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Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Falk Schoening

OECD publishes issues paper on blockchain and competition law

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

Posted in Technology Theodore J. Mlynar

Blockchain podcast interview: “The taxman cometh” to cryptocurrency transactions

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

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology

Two steps forward and a look back – Global IP Outlook 2018

2017 was a year of widespread political, technological and legal changes; leading to lack of certainty and creating both challenges and opportunities for businesses in 2018 and beyond.

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

Posted in Technology

Why Africa needs blockchain

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

Posted in Technology Theodore J. Mlynar

Blockchain and IP: Podcast Interview

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

Posted in Technology

Every bit counts: Could Blockchain be a solution for e-mobility?

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 contractsContinue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Falk Schoening

What blockchain can learn from the net neutrality debate: antitrust and regulatory aspects of “paid prioritization” for a nascent technology

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

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Technology Katherine Gasztonyi

FTC Hosts FinTech Forum on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technologies, Part II

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

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Technology Katherine Gasztonyi

FTC Hosts FinTech Forum on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technologies

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

Posted in Copyright, Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation, Technology

Live webinar: On March 17 academic all-stars debate the hottest topics in Tech

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

Posted in Technology Theodore J. MlynarLewis Cohen

Blockchain: Delving into smart contract practicalities

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

Posted in Technology Theodore J. Mlynar

Why Smart Contracts Will Need ‘Smart Term Sheets’ to Match

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

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Mark Parsons

The shape of things to come – the HKMA and ASTRI chart a course for blockchain in Hong Kong: legal and regulatory implications

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

Posted in Technology Winston MaxwellRichard Diffenthal

Does blockchain’s trust architecture make dumb contracts smarter?

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