Blockchain and IP: Navigating Emerging Issues

Blockchain, DLT Platforms, Crypto-Tokens, Smart Contracts, and More

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 (in 4 days)
1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

This CLE webinar will familiarize counsel with some of the current and potential uses of blockchains, and more broadly, distributed ledger technology (DLT). The panel will also discuss the legal and regulatory hurdles that companies may encounter in implementing and transacting on DLT platforms, handling crypto-tokens, and working with smart contracts.


Blockchains are decentralized, peer-to-peer networked databases that can store and authenticate a ledger of assets and asset transactions. One major benefit of blockchain technology, is that transactions can occur without a third-party intermediary; instead, transactions are validated by consensus. The best known use to date has been Bitcoin cryptocurrency transactions, but major companies are beginning to employ distributed ledger technology in many other environments.

Blockchain technology provides the underlying platform for the issuance and redemption of crypto-tokens as well as an environment for the operation of smart contracts. Crypto-tokens can take myriad forms to represent units of value, rights, privileges, and/or access and be traded among interested parties. Smart contracts are computer programs designed to implement aspects of a transaction. Beyond just transferring value from one place to another, smart contracts can access and transfer a variety of information depending upon predetermined conditions. Counsel advising clients developing or participating in a blockchain need to grasp both the technology and the legal ramifications involved.

Listen as our authoritative panel explains the technology behind blockchain and DLT, and its growing list of applications across a spectrum of industries. The panel will also discuss some of the legal issues involved with blockchain-based offerings, including government regulations, privacy laws, intellectual property, and smart contract enforcement.


  1. Introduction to blockchain and related technologies
  2. Real-world use cases
  3. Legal issues and challenges that counsel need to address


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How are transactions conducted using a blockchain?
  • In what areas are blockchain technologies currently being used?
  • Are cryptocurrencies and crypto-tokens legal?
  • How do you work with a smart contract?


Theodore J. (Ted) Mlynar, Partner
Hogan Lovells US, New York

For more than 20 years, Mr. Mlynar has been developing and implementing innovative solutions to some of the most difficult intellectual property problems in the world. He has co-authored and has been quoted in numerous articles relating to blockchain and smart contract technologies. Mr. Mlynar has been acknowledged by the Chamber of Digital Commerce as a subject matter expert in the field of smart contracts. He leads the firm’s Blockchain-Smart Contracts IPMT Working Group.

David Ng, Lawyer, Patent Agent, Trademark Agent
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, Toronto, Canada

Mr. Ng’s practice focuses on creating and protecting IP assets in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. He drafts, prosecutes and provides strategic advice for patents in various innovative fields, including electrical, mechanical, medical device and computer-related technologies. A large focus of Mr. Ng's practice relates to financial technologies, distributed computing, machine learning, telecommunication systems and protocols, blockchain applications and data analysis systems.

Louis Stone, Managing Director- Global Head of Business Development
Symbiont, New York

Mr. Stone is Head of Business Development at Symbiont, a capital markets focused blockchain and smart contract startups. In this role he develops and manages key relationships with clients, business partners and prospects. Prior to joining Symbiont, Mr. Stone spent 11 years at MSCI Inc. as a market risk subject matter expert to hedge funds, asset managers, pension funds and banks. Mr. Stone began his career as an interbank foreign exchange trader at Banque Paribas and held a variety of market making and proprietary trading roles during his trading career.

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