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Blockchain Basics: A Practitioner's Guide to Intellectual Property Issues of Distributed Ledger Technology

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 94 minutes
Recorded Date: April 12, 2018
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  • What is Blockchain?
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Utility Tokens
  • Security Tokens
  • Smart Contracts
  • Key Legal Challenges
  • Patent Eligibility
  • Smart Contracts Legal Issues
  • IP Issues Relating to Smart Contracts
  • Open Source Software Licenses
Runtime: 1 hour and 34 minutes
Recorded: April 17, 2018


The disruptive potential of Blockchain technologies is experiencing an exponential growth in interest. Increasingly, counsel are being asked to advise on the legal issues associated with creating or participating in a Blockchain.

This program will begin with an overview of the foundational intellectual property issues of Blockchain technologies. Discussion will include an explanation of Blockchain technologies, how they operate, and what potential uses they have; particularly in the IP space. Panelists will then further examine how Blockchain participants may create protectable IP rights in their Blockchain investments and explore intellectual property risks associated with using Blockchain technologies and offer strategies to mitigate those risks.

This program was recorded on April 17th, 2018.

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American Bar Association
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Joshua A. Klaymann

Founder & Managing Member
Klaymann, LLC

Joshua Ashley Klayman is one of the best known Blockchain and Cryptocurrency lawyers in the world. Recognized by Chambers and Partners as one of the top 12 Blockchain and Cryptocurrency lawyers globally, Ms. Klayman is the Managing Member of Klayman LLC, a boutique blockchain law firm based in New York, and the CEO of Inflection Point Blockchain Advisors, LLC, a blockchain consulting firm. Previously, she co-founded, and led for over two years, a prestigious global law firm's Blockchain Smart Contracts Group, which included well over 70 lawyers worldwide. Ms. Klayman is the Chair of the prominent Wall Street Blockchain Alliance Legal Working Group and is a member of the global Wharton RegTech think tank. In addition, she has been appointed by the Delaware Secretary of State to serve on Delaware’s Blockchain Strategy Committee, founded the Blockchain Legislation Project and frequently speaks with regulators from around the world regarding Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrency matters. Ms. Klayman also is a founding member of the Digital Future Council, a co-founder of Diversity in Blockchain, Inc. and a founding member of Collective Future. Ms. Klayman works collaboratively with Blockchain leaders from other law firms, clients and the broader community to advance the industry, anticipate and address regulatory concerns and seize strategic opportunities.

According to Chambers and Partners’ inaugural Professional Advisers: FinTech (2018), Ms. Klayman is “[….]an up-and-coming star in the blockchain space. One highly regarded contemporary described her as being ‘very good - very thoughtful and with the appropriate talents. She deserves a lot of credit.’" Additionally, Chambers and Partners’ “State of the ICO Market – A GC’s View,” by Emma Channing, CEO & General Counsel of the Satis Group (formerly CEO and General Counsel of the Argon Group) described Ms. Klayman as being “highly talented.” Ms. Klayman was named to Super Lawyers’ New York Metro Area “Rising Star” and “Top Women Attorneys” list(s) in 2015, 2016 and 2017, in the areas of Securities & Corporate Finance, Banking, and Business/Corporate Law. She has been named one of six "Lawyers Calling the Shots in the Crypto World" by The Information, and was only one of two lawyers in private practice to be named by BCB Group to its list of "Women to Watch in Crypto & Blockchain." Decade of Women named Ms. Klayman one of the "Top 10 Frontier Women in Blockchain and Digital Assets" in connection with the launch of the United Nation's Decade of Women.

Ms. Klayman is a recognized thought leader in the Blockchain space and frequently writes and speaks about Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrencies. She has discussed Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrency on television, including on Bloomberg TV and Today’s Verdict with David Lesch, and has been featured in podcasts, including Forbes’ Unchained podcast,’s Unprecedented podcast, and The Third Web podcast. Ms. Klayman’s writings have been featured in several major publications, including Forbes, Coindesk and Crowdfund Insider. She is quoted regularly in prominent news media, including CNNMoney, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Washington Post, CNBC, ABC News, the Japan Times, The Deal, Fortune, The Street, Reuters, S&P Global Market Intelligence, Associated Press, American Banker, Law360, Bank Innovation, the Korea IT Times and Global Capital, among others, for her expertise. Ms. Klayman co-authored the Cardozo Blockchain Project’s Report Not So Fast – Risks Related to the Use of a “SAFT” for Token Sales, and she has spoken at many industry leading events, including Consensus Invest, Blockchain at Berkeley’s ICO Financing 2017 Conference, Cardozo Law’s Tech Talk: Structuring Legally Compliant Token Sales, Techup for Women, Columbia University’s Beyond Blockchain – Emerging Markets for Decentralized Applications, Cornell University’s (and IC3’s) Inaugural Year Workshop: Blockchains, Blockchain Economic Forum and at Wharton. She is active in many industry groups, including the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Legal Working Group, IC3, ISDA’s Smart Contracts Legal Working Group and the Accord Project.

Ms. Klayman’s practice focuses primarily on Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrency matters. She regularly represents token sellers, cryptocurrency exchanges and relayers, venture, hedge and private equity funds and their portfolio companies, token marketers and broker-dealers, funds interested in trading digital assets, major global investment banks, financial institutions and asset managers, and others in the space. She advises clients ranging from Fortune 500 and well known publicly traded organizations to emerging companies. By background, Ms. Klayman is a finance and corporate attorney and spent well over a decade representing lenders and borrowers in leveraged finance transactions involving senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt and equity offerings and co-investments, as well as in general lending matters. In her corporate practice, Ms. Klayman represents public and private organizations in a broad array of commercial transactions (including mergers and acquisitions, as well as royalty purchase and licensing transactions) and corporate governance matters.

Ms. Klayman is passionate about the advancement and promotion of women, particularly in the legal and technology fields, and is the mother of five children.

While at a prominent global law firm, Ms. Klayman was a member of the firm-wide Women’s Strategy Committee, as well as Co-Chair of the New York Women’s Affinity Group. In addition, Ms. Klayman was active in diversity recruiting efforts and founded and served as the senior advisor for such firm's pro bono name change practice, assisting low-incomed transgender men and women. Ms. Klayman is a member of the Steering Committee for the New York City Opera and supports non-profit organizations that benefit children and the arts. She also has been named to the “Roll of Honor” for exemplary pro bono service by the First Judicial District (Philadelphia, PA).

For several years, Ms. Klayman served as an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where she taught “U.S. Business Planning for International Transactions,” a capstone seminar for J.D. and L.L.M. candidates.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Klayman served as Corporate Consultant, Global Accounts for a global, publicly traded organizational consulting and career transition firm and as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Special Projects for a nationally recognized political watchdog group based in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Klayman received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she was a Law Faculty Scholar and a member of the Temple Law Review. Ms. Klayman has been admitted to practice in New York and Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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Theodore Mlynar

Hogan Lovells LLP

For more than 20 years, Ted Mlynar has been developing and implementing innovative solutions to some of the most difficult intellectual property problems in the world. Combining a keen legal acumen, first-chair trial experience, and a deep understanding of technology, Ted works closely with clients to resolve disputes outside the courtroom, where possible, and inside, when necessary.

Whether it is industry behemoths engaged in patent world war, patent trolls threatening expensive lawsuits, David fending off Goliath, or competitors engaged in an all-out struggle for survival, Ted brings to bear a wealth of practical experience of intellectual property law — including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and unfair competition.

Ted prepares and advises in the negotiation of intellectual property licenses with a particular focus in areas of high technology, including electronics, wireless communications, semiconductors, software, and e-commerce. He majored in electrical engineering at Caltech and is a registered patent attorney.

Ted has co-authored and has been quoted in numerous articles relating to blockchain and smart contract technologies. He has been acknowledged by the Chamber of Digital Commerce as a subject matter expert in the field of smart contracts. Ted leads the Hogan Lovells Blockchain-Smart Contracts IPMT Working Group.

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