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MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 16, Issue 1

Fair Use and Social Media Sites like BuzzFeed - Fair use, an evolving doctrine and a very popular fallback for those on the Internet, has continued to be “the most troublesome in the whole law of copyright.” Its goal has...more

The Patent Landscape of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain

With Bitcoin and alternative coins, such as Ethereum, Ripple, and Cardano, experiencing volatile price swings, cryptocurrencies have rapidly become mainstream and widely discussed, with many seeking to find ways to profit...more

Blockchain: Not Just A Platform For Cryptocurrency But A Potential Method For Protecting Trade Secrets And Other IP

Cryptocurrency has dominated the attention of the financial world for most of the past 12 months as Bitcoin’s value (as well as other cryptocurrencies’) soared over 1,500% in 2017 (though it has experienced some recent...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Former GE CEO Jeff Immelt’s retirement was short lived. The Jack Welch protégé will be bringing his C-suite skills to Athenahealth, the electronic medical records software provider that’s been under considerable pressure...more

Blockchain: background, challenges and legal issues

by DLA Piper on

Blockchain and distributed ledger technology offers significant and scalable processing power, high accuracy rates, and apparently unbreakable security at a significantly reduced cost compared to the traditional systems the...more

The Blockchain Patent Gold Rush

by Field Law on

The blockchain technology underlying BitCoin and other cryptocurrencies was originally designed and conceived as an open protocol that would not be owned by any one centralized entity, whether government or private. Just...more

Defensive Patent Strategies for Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Many companies who offer next generation cybersecurity technologies are experiencing significant growth in both corporate share value and revenue. To help protect against competition, many companies are seeking patents to...more

Trends In Patenting Blockchain Technologies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

With the recent rise in values of cybercurrencies such as bitcoin, and with increasing interest in initial currency offerings (ICOs), businesses around the world are rushing to build value with new blockchain technologies and...more

Patent Strategies for Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are rapidly emerging as disruptive technologies. As has happened with many new technologies, particularly disruptive ones, a patent arms race is occurring. The number of patents...more

Patenting the Blockchain

Last year’s spike in the valuation of bitcoin has much of the technology world focused on blockchain, the distributed database ledger technology behind bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies. Lost behind the scenes,...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 363, Convercent on 2017 Compliance Trends

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Keith Read and Angus Robertson, with Convercent, on some of the key trends they observed in the marketplace in 2017, from the vendor perspective. I found this an interesting perspective as both...more

October 2017: International Trade Update

The Legal Implications of the Use of Blockchain in International Trade. What has become popularly known as “blockchain” is a form of Distributed Ledger Technology (“DLT”). At its core, blockchain is for electronic...more

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

by Hogan Lovells on

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...more

Becoming a Unicorn Fintech by Shoring Up Intellectual Property

Investment in fintech companies is at an all-time high. “Unicorns” are start-ups that have valuations of more than 1 billion dollars. The majority of the unicorns are in the fintech industry. Fintech companies are often agile...more

Europe: Blockchain – How "Smart" are Smart Contracts?

by Hogan Lovells on

In this series of blog posts, we take a look at the current state of play regarding blockchain technology as well as the legal setting with a European and German focus....more

Europe: Blockchain – The virtual currency Bitcoin

by Hogan Lovells on

Whoever thinks of blockchain also has inevitably bitcoins in mind. The Internet currency is largely based on the blockchain technology and it is therefore one of the most obvious fields of application for this technology, to...more

Europe: Blockchain – Practical and legal challenges

by Hogan Lovells on

The increasing digitization of the private as well as economic realm is undeniable. The European Commission is constantly pushing the Digital Single Market forward. In the same breath as the ubiquitous phenomenon of...more

Separate No More: Fintech Leaders Consider Collaboration Key to Convergence

The last decade has seen ever-increasing acceleration in convergence between the computing, communications and content industries, which all affect the financial industry. This trend is posing significant challenges to senior...more

Intellectual Property Law - September 2017

Looking Through an IP Lens at Blockchain and Cryptocurrency - Why it matters: With headline news ranging from J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Winklevoss twins and Floyd “Money”...more

Benefits Litigation Update – Summer 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Welcome to the Summer edition of Benefits Litigation Update, brought to you by The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) and the law firm Epstein Becker & Green. With a new Administration and executive branch, we are already...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: July

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 10 May 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its final report (“Report”) concluding a wide-ranging two-year long inquiry into e-commerce (“Inquiry”). During the Inquiry – which was conceived as part of the...more

US Regulators Launch Fintech Initiatives

by Morgan Lewis on

Two US regulators recently launched initiatives that will encourage cooperation between the securities industry and its regulators with respect to financial technology (fintech) innovations. The US Commodity Futures Trading...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Goldman Sachs’ recent purchase of $2.8 billion in Venezuelan bonds has been kicking around the headlines for a few days now. Here’s what’s at stake for the country and the bank....more

Patents on the blockchain - Bitcoin and beyond

by DLA Piper on

Disruptive technologies have transformed the global economy, and will continue to do so at exponential rates. Innovators at the cutting edge of these technologies should carefully review their patenting strategy, or risk...more

The Cross-Industry Promise of Blockchain

The blockchain protocol (a form of a ‘distributed ledger system’) was originally designed as a platform to process Bitcoin transactions. The protocol enables peer-to-peer transactions and eliminates the need for a trusted...more

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