Blockchain and Crypto-Currency: What are the Top Legal Issues?

Venue

This is a virtual event, accessible over phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.

Description

This is a complimentary program offered as a part of the Bloomberg Law Big Law Business Webinar Series.

Blockchain technology has had an immediate impact on the practice of law.  The advantages of blockchain present new legal issues for our clients and therefore for the legal profession. The desirable characteristics of: a distributed ledger, transparency, immutability, decentralized control and pseudo-anonymity are a double-edged legal sword.  

For example, how do you square no centralized control when legal responsibility is required?  Blockchains by necessity have contact with multiple jurisdictions which means there will be overlapping and conflicting laws and overlapping regulators and regulations.   Blockchains provide transparency, but there are laws requiring privacy.  Smart contracts, add-ons to the blockchain, also present legal issues regarding contracts and copyrights. 

Crypto-currencies, a use case of blockchain that is in the news, has its own set of legal issues such as  when a crypto-currency offering must be registered with the SEC and what agencies in what countries are responsible for regulating it.  In addition, the IRS has provided regulations that require tax law advice for our clients.  Blockchain technology has opened up a world of issues of first impression.

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Educational Objectives:
•    Understanding the impact of blockchain on the practice of law;
•    Learn about new legal issues that blockchain has created;
•    Gain strategies for complying with overlapping and conflicting laws and regulations surrounding blockchain.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Attorney/Counsel, General Counsel, Managing Partner, Partner, Practice Group Leader

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Presenters

Ira J. Schaefer
  • Senior Counsel
  • Hogan Lovells LLP

Ira Schaefer has a wealth of experience litigating patent, trademark, and copyright cases, with particular emphasis on complex electronic, computer, and software cases.

He has participated in numerous Markman hearings; tried patent cases in jury and non-jury trials in federal courts throughout the United States, including the International Trade Commission (ITC); conducted arbitration trials, and has participated in mediations. His prior experience in patent prosecution enables him to prepare petitions for Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs), Post-grant review (PGRs), and covered business method (CBMs) and to advise clients on strategies for both the patent owner and the petitioner in post grant PTAB filings.

Ira successfully first chaired a patent jury trial in the Southern District of New York and has successfully tried patent jury cases in Delaware. Ira represents companies in a wide variety of industries. He has particular knowledge of bar code scanning technologies, mobile payment systems, and wireless technologies such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), LTE and Code division multiple access (CDMA), Radio-frequency identification (RFID), and Near field communication (NFC).

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Ira was a partner at two other major law firms and at a patent law boutique firm, he also served as U.S. patent counsel for Olivetti Corporation of America. Before becoming a lawyer, Ira was a digital design engineer for the Missile Systems Division of Raytheon Corporation.
 

Nicholas W. Rotz
  • Associate
  • Hogan Lovells LLP

Nick Rotz relies on his background and experience to assist clients in planning for and avoiding obstacles related to intellectual property rights. His practice includes patent litigation involving industrial chemical products as well as patents in the wireless and software fields.

Nick also has experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications and counseling clients on intellectual property issues, such as providing freedom to operate opinions.

Nick graduated with a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and has a degree in chemical engineering from West Virginia University. While in college and law school, he interned in the chemical industry and for a Fortune 10 company in the automotive industry. From these experiences, Nick gained invaluable insights that help him understand and meet the needs of his clients.
 

Continuing Education

Credits:
COA; 1.0 CLE
Practice Areas:
Legal
Prerequisite:
A basic understanding of blockchain.
Level:
Intermediate
Production Date:
04/24/2018