Practising Law Institute Ca & Online
Practising Law Institute Ca & Online, 455 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA

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Event Date Mon Dec 5 PST (10 months ago)
In your timezone (EDT): Mon Dec 5 3:00am - Mon Dec 5 3:00am
Location Practising Law Institute Ca & Online
455 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Region Americas

Why You Should Attend:

Cryptocurrencies continue to make headlines, most recently for their dramatic changes in price. But these headlines obscure the continued progress in using blockchains for technologies such as payments, information security, and collaborative databases. In these areas and others, innovators continue to realize the transformative potential of blockchains and distributed ledger technologies. “Blockchain” may for some remain associated mostly with money laundering and darknets. But blockchains are much more than cryptocurrencies: they and related technologies promise new, transformative solutions to problems of trust, control, and distribution of data.

Recognizing the promise of blockchain technology, many continue to invest heavily in blockchain-related technologies and their applications. The investments lead to innovation and, as a corollary, the desire to protect the innovation to get a return on the investments.

Patents are traditionally looked to as a way to protect innovation. But patenting blockchains in the U.S. often raises issues of patent eligibility that have taken on new importance following the Supreme Court’s decisions in Mayo, Alice, and other cases, and their ongoing elaboration by the Federal Circuit. These issues can be particularly acute considering how many applications of blockchains relate to FinTech or improvements to business practices. Moreover, some popular blockchain technologies and applications derive much of their appeal from being nonproprietary, so a patent may not always be the right tool.

What You Will Learn?

After completing this program, participants will be able to:

Understand the basics: the core technologies, main applications, and emerging trends
Understand the law of patent-eligibility and what it means for protecting blockchain-related inventions
Explore strategic issues, including considerations that make patents more appropriate for some kinds of blockchain-related inventions than others
Learn approaches to patent drafting and prosecution that maximize the chance of success when applying for patents in this area

Who Should Attend:

This program is designed for both patent practitioners and non-practitioners. In addition, law firm attorneys and in-house counsel who are not patent practitioners but need to counsel clients developing blockchain technologies and their applications, patent practitioners who wish to deepen their understanding of the issues these technologies raise, and other allied professionals who need to learn or get up to speed on the latest developments regarding patenting blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, especially in view of the latest technological developments, should attend this program.


2022 Speaker


Jon E. Gordon
Partner, Haug Partners LLP


Prof. Del Wright
UMKC School of Law


Thomas Chow
Chief Legal Officer & Secretary, Chia Network

Michelle Gitlitz
General Counsel, Flexa

Riaz A. Karamali
Counselor, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Indranil Sarkar, Ph.D.
Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C.

Roberta A.. Young
IP counsel, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.