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Hogan Lovells IP opens First Healthcare Blockchain Summit at Z-Park

On September 22, IP Partner Ted Mlynar gave the opening keynote speech at the inaugural Healthcare Blockchain Summit at Z-Park, Cambridge, MA. Z-Park is the newly opened innovation hub, in collaboration with MIT-CHIEF and Harvard University’s student organizations. The summit gathered global key representatives in both research, industry and legal sectors of both fintech and

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 following

Hogan Lovells partner gives Law360 a Blockchain 101 for IP attorneys

New York IP partner, Ted Mlynar was interviewed by Law360 for its recent article “What IP Attys Need to Know About Blockchain“. Ted comments on the application of blockchain technology, not solely in the financial sector, but across a wide range of industries. In this interview, Ted also discusses the blockchain patent filing trends of big businesses and the issue

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

Hogan Lovells Comes to Taiwan To Help Financial Supervisory Commission

Partner Ted Mlynar, senior consultant Amelia Lin, Dr. Zheng-yi Shon, Dean of the School of Management of Tainan University of Technology, and representatives from Microsoft and Acer in Taiwan, visited Wellington Koo, Chairman of the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) and his staff to discuss accelerating the pace of development of Taiwan’s financial technology. Dr. Shon noted

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 Ira Schaefer

Covering 3 bases on smart contracts

Lewis R. Cohen, Ira Schaefer and Ted Mlynar are quoted in this recent article on Legaltech news which takes a  look at “what makes smart contracts tick, and what new roles and skills they will demand of attorneys.” The following questions are covered: What are Smart Contracts, and How Do They Work? Can Binding Contracts Exist in

Is a Blockchain patent still possible?

In a previous article, we explored whether Satoshi Nakamoto could have patented bitcoin and whether such a patent would have survived an eligibility challenge. In this post, we look at some of the legal and practical issues facing the would-be blockchain patentee including:   ‘Alice’ Eligibility Questions for Blockchain Inventions Post-‘Alice’ Eligibility Updates Practical Approaches For

Blockchain smart contracts need a new kind of due diligence

In this post we examine the issues that can arise when recording smart contracts in an immutable system and raise the need for enhanced due diligence before any transactions are written in “blockchain stone”. “…due diligence will bring together specialized transactional lawyers who can review the terms of a specific deal, software experts who can

The Bitcoin Patent – Only A Matter Of Time?

Bitcoin is a technological marvel that has revolutionized financial systems. The birth of bitcoin came in 2008 in a paper entitled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” by the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto. The genesis block – the first block of transactions – was created the following year, and the network has continued ever since. Given

US: The DTSA, the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine, and the Memory Rule

In the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Congress generally rejected the “inevitable disclosure doctrine” prevalent in the trade secret law of many jurisdictions. Interestingly, the DTSA appears to leave open whether, and to what extent, the corollary “memory rule” will be applied in connection with a federal trade secret misappropriation claim. Under the inevitable disclosure

US: The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) – What you need to know

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”)  into law, thereby creating a new federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation.  Before the DTSA, trade secret misappropriation claims were asserted under state laws that largely follow the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA”).  The DTSA does not