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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

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 trending in domain name registrations

Domain name registrations often reflect current trends and it is thus not surprising that a large number of recent second-level domain name registrations under .COM and .NET include terminology relating to blockchain. A report published last month by Verisign on the “Top 10 Trending Keywords in .COM and .NET Registrations in August” placed the words

Blockchain links into the pharma supply chain

In November’s issue of Pharma Times Magazine, Mark Marfé explores the current applications of Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT), such as blockchain, and how DLT can be used and developed to benefit companies in the pharma industry. This article looks at DLT’s role in overcoming particular challenges facing the pharma supply chain, including anti-counterfeiting, product recall, information sharing, access to financing as well as the development of smart contracts. Read

Europe: Blockchain – How “smart” are Smart Contracts?

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. How smart are smart contracts? With this question, we take a look at the next topic. After dealing with the bitcoin virtual currency in our last post, so-called “smart contracts” is

Europe: Blockchain – The virtual currency Bitcoin

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. 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

Europe: Blockchain – Practical and legal challenges

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 digitalization, blockchain technology is all too often mentioned. A bright future is predicted for it even if the actual applications have, admittedly, been rare in practice so far.

Webinar – 26 September: Blockchain and IP, Navigating Emerging Issues

On Tuesday, September 26, Partner Ted Mlynar will speak on a webinar panel covering blockchain technology, smart contracts, and more. The webinar, “Blockchain and IP: Navigating Emerging Issues,” will familiarize counsel with some of the current and potential uses of blockchains, and more broadly, distributed ledger technology (DTL). The panel will also discuss the legal and

U.S. – NJIPLA CLE event: Blockchain Technology: The Legal Landscape And How It Will Change Everything

Please join us at the upcoming NJIPLA CLE event: Blockchain Technology: The Legal Landscape And How It Will Change Everything, taking place on September 18th from 2pm to 6pm at the APA Hotel Woodbridge in Iselin, New Jersey. This event will feature a comprehensive tutorial on blockchain technology as well as two panels of impressive experts explaining

Blockchain Technology: what can it do for you?

What is Blockchain? What are the practical uses and legal implications resulting from it? Hogan Lovells invites you to participate in its sixth TMT seminar dedicated to blockchain on: Thursday 22nd of June, from 5:30PM – Hogan Lovells Paris Office Join us for a discussion on the following topic: “Blockchain: views of an IT specialist and

Ted Mlynar speaking at ABA’s 2017 Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency conference

We are proud to contribute to the ABA’s 2017 Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency National Institute event taking place on April 10, 2017 in New York City.  The American Bar Association’s one-day conference is dedicated to analyzing emerging legal issues concerning blockchain technology and digital currencies. Hogan Lovells Partner, Ted Mlynar, will be presenting as part

Webinar, 17 March: Law & technology trends for 2017 – key academics weigh in

On Friday 17 March top academic thinkers will exchange ideas with Hogan Lovells, including Seagull Song of our IP team in LA, via webinar on key technology drivers for 2017. The discussion will focus on how data protection, antitrust, copyright, and internet regulation will need to adapt to disruptive technologies, such as AI and blockchain.

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

Shifts in the global political landscape; developments in intellectual property and technology law; and the emergence of disruptive technologies. Businesses need to adapt and stay ahead of the curve to protect, enforce and manage their IP. In this publication, our global Intellectual Property Team provides an overview of the key trends that shaped our work

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

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

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

U.S. elections: What about Blockchain?

With the U.S. election fast approaching, even blockchain is one of the issues under examination. In an interview published on PYMNTS.com, Ira Schaefer comments on how the development of blockchain technology might be addressed by the presidential candidates. …because Donald Trump has indicated a penchant for completing projects under budget and ahead of schedule, blockchain and smart contracts

Blockchain and patent Law: A conversation with Berkeley Law

Chris Mammen 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 blockchain patents play out in

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