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Blockchain IP: Innovation & Distributed Ledger Revolution

Blockchain IP: Innovation and the Distributed Ledger Revolution
Thursday, November 29, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Program Fee: Free to Members and Members of MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC | $15 Non-Members 
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It has been argued that blockchain technology is the most important computing invention in a generation because its distributed ledger, based on robust encryption, enables two parties to transact business without a third party to establish trust.  Fortunes have been made and lost speculating on the value of seemingly ephemeral cryptocurrencies.  Some posit that, like the Yukon gold rush, the real money will be made in selling the 21st-century equivalent of picks and shovels rather than mining the underlying ore.  Not surprisingly, blockchain-related patent applications have increased exponentially over last year. The roundtable-style program will be geared toward in-house and outside counsel as well as non-attorneys, and is designed to address schemes to protecting blockchain innovations, the options for enforcement, and the ways that distributed ledger technology may be used to enhance or protect intellectual property assets. Our panel of experts will address (1) the basics of blockchain technology, (2) an overview of the ways intellectual property rights in blockchain innovations can be protected, (3) challenges for protecting blockchain technology with patents, (4) using blockchain to protect and augment intellectual property for brick-and-mortar technologies, and (5) enforcement of blockchain IP rights.
James R. Klaiber, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

David Bomzer,
Cantor Colburn LLP
Alan Tenenbaum, Tartar Krinsky & Drogin LLP
Ariele Elia, Industry/Project Coordinator, MFA Fashion Design, Fashion Institute of Technology
Lydia Early, Blockchain for Lawyers, Inc.
Cristina Dolan, Co-Founder & COO, iXledger

Sponsoring Association Committee:
Patents Committee, Philip L. Hirschhorn, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Association Committees:
Art Law Committee, Steven R. Schindler, Chair
Banking Law Committee, Gregory J. Lyons, Chair
Copyright & Literary Property Committee, Cynthia S. Arato, Chair
Council on Intellectual Property Committee, Dale M. Cendali, Chair
Emerging Companies Committee, James C. Murray, Jr., Chair
Fashion Law Committee, Adrienne T. Montes, Chair
Information Technology & Cyber Law Committee, Joseph V. DeMarco, Chair 
In-House Counsel Committee, Daniel K. Wiig, Chair
Science & Law Committee, Aileen Nielsen, Chair
Securities Regulation Committee, David S. Huntington, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Organizations:
MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC

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