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UK Lawyer Magazine Article Says Blockchain & The Law “More Hype Than Action”

An interesting article published yesterday in The Lawyer (paywall protected).   They write… Blockchain: Plenty of hype, but not much action. Google the words “blockchain and law firms”, and only four names appear on the first results page: Norton Rose Fulbright, Burges Salmon, Clifford Chance and Clyde & Co. Source:

Dutch IP Specialist & Partner Supports Unitary Trademark Concept

A unitary trademark, similar to proposals for a unitary patent, should be pursued in the EU, according to Gregor Vos, partner at Brinkhof. Reports IP Pro (The   In a speech addressing the cultural trends in brands throughout Europe, at the Marques Brands and Culture conference in Prague, Vos suggested that a move towards … Read more

Our Latest Favorite Trademark Dispute: Escobar Family vs Hollywood

Last week it was Yoko Ono vs a soft drinks manufacturer. This week the family of the most notorious cocaine kingpin of all time and Hollywood producers fight over the rights to the name, “Narcos”. The Hollywood Reporter along with a host of other media report. As the series contends with the killing of its … Read more

Blockchain & The Law Roundup: 25 September 2017

Here’s all the latest from the world of blockchain and the law. Amongst other things UK firm Clyde & Co is trialling blockchain in its Insurance practice. Also, a new study undertaken by Cambridge  reveals central banks are looking at blockchain and there’s a big summit on in London where firm partners are discussing with … Read more

Oh Yoko !

To paraphrase a “Lennonism”   …. In the middle of a dream In the middle of a dream I call your name, Oh Yoko, Oh Yoko That’s obviously what a Polish soft drinks were doing, dreaming, if they thought they could get this one past Yoko. Rolling Stone reports. Yoko Ono pressured a Polish beverage company into changing the … Read more

Blockchain & The Law: Round Up 21 September 2017

This week   Title:  Token Alliance Launches To Promote Best Practices For ICOs Author:   Forbes Date:  18 September 2017 URL: Extract: “Our goal is to come up with best practices for those companies interested in ICOs,” said Dr. Newsome, adding that it will meet regularly with SEC staff and commissioners. “What we’ll do initially is provide … Read more

Kluwer JV With Aistemos To Integrate AI Into IP Product Suite

Here’s the press release that went out yesterday…Wolters Kluwer Announces Strategic Alliance to Bring AI-Powered Analytics Technology to Market for IP Professionals. Collaboration with intellectual property analytics provider Aistemos further strengthens Wolters Kluwer’s intellectual property solutions   NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. today announced plans to bolster its market-leading … Read more

Blockchain & The Law Roundup: 14 September 2017

The latest in the high speed world of blockchain development includes the rush towards regulation, Canada’s first in-house blockchain attorney. The $1Billion blockchain lawsuit.   Title:  Professor Urges New Zealand Government to Develop Bitcoin Regulations Author: Date: 9 September 2017 URL: Extract: Head of Auckland University’s Commercial Law Department, Associate Professor Alex Sims, has urged the New … Read more

Trademark Law Update 14 September 2017

Another week another round of trademark stories for you. News includes, Myanmar updating their trademark legislation. Oman ratifies IP laws. Somebody has decided to trademark “Brexit” and Asian American rock band ( from Portland, of course!) the Slants celebrate their Supreme Court win.   Title:  Myanmar Update: Prepare Now for the New Trademark Law Author:  Spruson … Read more