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
What has happened? The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has launched a new forum based on blockchain to combat counterfeiting. What does this mean? The Anti-Counterfeiting Blockathon Forum will be built on blockchain technology and will bring together people and organisations to shape and deliver the future anti-counterfeiting infrastructure. It follows last year’s Blockathon
Blockchain—the tamper-proof electronic ledger network technology—first made headlines with the rise of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Independent of that boom-and-bust cycle, the life sciences industry is now exploring ways to tap into the potential of blockchain’s underlying technology. Blockchain adoption has the potential to create a more broadly integrated ecosystem, which would allow players across disparate
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.
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
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
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:
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
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
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. In the context of the digital use of copyrighted works, the concept of the “value gap” has been around for some time. The question is whether authors and rights
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 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. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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