Media chatter about blockchain has quietened down somewhat over the past month. In law firms seem to be bedding down and getting on with research and developing products now that they have found a platform to work with. Here’s a few stories that point towards what’s coming in blockchain and the law. Legal & tech education will grow on the front. We envisage seeing a lot more courses in 2019. In the meantime the University of Ottawa appear have moved into action before others. Also see our last entry, if you need a quick blockchain and the law overview you could do worse than start with the Above the Law entry level webinar we’ve posted about.
Title: University of Ottawa adds blockchain course, lab
Author: Lawyer Daily Canada
Date: 4 May 2018
With a new course and a new research lab focused on blockchain, distributed ledgers and the applications that result from them (including smart contracts and cryptocurrencies), the faculty of law at the University of Ottawa is taking steps to ensure its students understand the underpinnings of cutting-edge technologies, not just their legal implications.
The school, which already operates the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, has recently opened Blckchn.ca — uOttawa Blockchain Legal Lab. Led by Florian Martin-Bariteau, assistant professor of law and technology, common law section, faculty of law and director of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, the research group has been created to produce academic research and to position the law school as the leader in Canada when it comes to the intersection of law and technology.
Title: The ICO problem: One firm’s plan to satisfy regulatory concerns
Author: The American Banker
Date: 2 May 2018
“I see technologists, exchange owners and entities being very thoughtful about what all the limitations and concerns could be,” said Jennifer Connors, a financial services attorney with Holland & Knight. “It’s good for their business model to be able to indicate to issuers that they know what the law is and what the requirements are. The thing is, there are not answers to a lot of the questions.”
Title: The Role of Patents in Blockchain Innovation
Date: 2 May 2018
Patents play a significant role in the landscape surrounding blockchain innovation. For companies operating in industries driven by technological movements, the emergence of blockchain technology appears to be an increasingly difficult phenomenon to ignore. Now, the number of blockchain patents and patents on adjacent technologies is growing, begging the question whether patents take away from the core decentralized ethos of blockchain or if they help the new technology thrive and find new applications.
With companies across various industries looking to employ technological solutions based loosely – or entirely – on blockchain technology, blockchain-related patents are continually filed, raising questions as to how the influx could affect the landscape moving forward.
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Date: May 2018
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