Cognate's Trademark Blog

Cognate, “They are taking a forward-looking approach to streamlining the trademark process, and hopefully one day uprooting an archaic government system “

Cognate founder Bennett Collen was interviewed, earlier in the month, by Game Theory Group and our blockchain trademark service profiled. Here, for those of you who’d like to learn more about us, is the profile and interview in full. If you’d like to read it at source, here is the URL. https://www.gametheorygroup.co/the-blockchain-brief/2018/2/7/exclusive-interview-with-cognate-founder-trademarks-made-simple-on-the-blockchain   Cognate Founder: … Read more

California’s Assembly Bill 2658 To Update State’s Electronics Records Legislation to Recognize Blockchain Signatures and Smart Contracts

California legislator, Ian Calderon,  has introduced a bill that, if passed, would update the state’s electronic records laws to account for blockchain signatures and smart contracts. Coindesk reports….. Assembly Bill 2658, submitted by Assemblymember Ian Calderon last week, expands the definition of electronic records and signatures – contained in the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act – … Read more

Article: “How Blockchain Just May Transform Online Copyright Protection”

This we already know at Cognate, but it’s great to see legal media catching up a year later. Above The Law write, “When it comes to online copyright protection and enforcement, blockchain technology is shaping up to handle the challenge” The article authored by, Tom Kulik, a Intellectual Property & Information Technology Partner at the Dallas-based … Read more

Press Release: DMG Blockchain Announces Formation of Regulatory Advisory Board

DMG Blockchain Solutions has announced the appointment of Varun Gupta, Lou Kerner, and Samuel Osei to the Advisory Board of DMG. Here’s the press release in full Varun Gupta – Head Legal Advisor Mr. Gupta is a leading lawyer in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry, having been the founding Chief Legal Officer of BitFury. He has … Read more

Malta launches public consultation on blockchain and cryptocurrency bills

The EconoTimes reports , ” Malta has launched a public consultation on three proposed laws that aim to position the country a world leader in economic innovation.” The report reveals…. Speaking at the launch of the public consultation, Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri said that the bills will be presented to the parliament following the three-week … Read more

Manchester (UK) Law Firm, First Outside London To Build Crypto Team

A Manchester-based law firm has established a cryptocurrency investigations and prosecutions team . JMW’s new team, which is part of the firm’s business crime department, will advise individuals and businesses facing investigation or prosecution over their use of cryptocurrencies. The division is being headed by partner Mike Rainford. “Cryptocurrencies facilitate the fast and effective flow … Read more

Blockchain & The Law Roundup: 12 February 2018

A couple of interesting pieces about the march of cyrpto regulation in the US market at state level.     Title: State-Level Legislation Anticipates Wide-Spread Business Use of Blockchain Author: National Law Review Date: 9 February 2018 URL: https://www.natlawreview.com/article/state-level-legislation-anticipates-wide-spread-business-use-blockchain Extract: The Proposed Nebraska Laws Nebraska has three proposed laws pending: LB 695 contains concepts that are similar to those … Read more

Maltese Law Firm Announces Development of Crypto Practice

In the following press release, Maltese firm,WH Partners announce the appointment of three new partners. Ramona Azzopardi, Joseph Borg, and Robert Zammit who will team up with current partners Olga Finkel, Ruth Galea, and James Scicluna in order to build the competency of the practice. The co-founder and partner Dr Finkel says: “The internal promotion … Read more

Santori Leaves Cooley Partnership To Become President At Bitcoin Wallet Startup, “Blockchain”

Bitcoin wallet startup Blockchain has announced that Marco Santori is joining the company as President and Chief Legal Officer. Santori joins from law firm Cooley LLP, where he was a partner and led the global financial technology practice. He is most recently known as an author of the Simple Agreement for Future Tokens (SAFT) Project … Read more

US Senate Confirms Iancu As Next Director of USPTO

By a vote of 94-0, the United States Senate on 5 February confirmed California intellectual property litigator Andrei Iancu as next director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The new Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property is currently managing partner of Irell & Manella LLP’s Los Angeles firm. The patent and trademark … Read more