Blockchain and IP: Navigating Emerging Issues

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

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, September 13, 2018

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Program Materials

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 significant 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 high profile 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?


Ng, David
David Ng

Lawyer, Patent Agent, Trademark Agent
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada

Mr. Ng’s practice focuses on creating and protecting IP assets in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. He...  |  Read More

Smith, Evan
Evan Smith

Managing Partner
Cogent Law Group

Mr. Smith is a licensed patent attorney, electrical engineer, MBA and serial entrepreneur who founded tech startups...  |  Read More

Stone, Louis
Louis Stone

Managing Director- Global Head of Business Development

Mr. Stone is Head of Business Development at Symbiont, a capital markets focused blockchain and smart contract...  |  Read More

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