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California To Roll Out Own Cannabis Trademark Legislation

California was the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use.  In 1996, California approved Proposition 215, the California Compassionate Use Act.  Two decades later, California voters approved  Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA).  Despite the fact that cannabis has been legal in California since 1996, you still … Read more

 Irell & Manella Partner Andrei Iancu Whitehouse Choice For New Director At U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. has reported that President Trump has announced his intention to nominate Irell & Manella partner Andrei Iancu to be director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Iancu would succeed Michelle Lee, who resigned in June. Joseph Matal is currently leading the office on an interim basis. reveal… Iancu’s name has been mentioned for months as a possible PTO … Read more

Some Important Trademark Stories From The Past Week

There’s been some big stories in trademark over the past week and as stories go it doesn’t get bigger than our first one. New Balance and their award by a Chinese court. Virtually every corner of the legal media has reported the development so here’s the BBC version for you to have a look at. … Read more

Blockchain & The Law Weekly Roundup: 25 August 2017

Our weekly roundup of some of the more pertinent blockchain and the law stories & issues. Another busy week on this front and it isn’t going to go quiet anytime soon   Title: Magos develops AI prediction software with neural and blockchain technology Author: Crypton Ninjas Website Date: 25 August 2017 URL: Extract:   Please read … Read more

Ten Law Firms Join Blockchain Group, The Etherum Alliance

The Etherum Alliance has  announced that ten U.S. law firms and four further  legal institutions that focus in block chain technology have joined the group.   Cooley Debevoise & Plimpton Hogan Lovells Holland & Knight Jones Day Morrison Foerster Perkins Coie Shearman & Sterling Cardozo Law School’s Blockchain Project The new law firm members have … Read more

More Articles On Blockchain & The Legal Industry

Although we usually do our blockchain roundup at the end of the week these two articles are well worth a read as both touch on the use of blockchain in IP law.   Title: Blockchain Technology Expected to Strongly Impact the IP Industry Date: 18 August 2017 URL: Extract: Regular creation of IP – The number … Read more

Over The Last Five Years There’s Been A 484% Rise In The Number Of Patents Filed Within The Category “Legal Services And Handling Legal Documents”

Thomson Reuters have compiled a report and legal technologist / blogger Bob Ambrogi has kindly taken a peek at the report and analyzed it for the rest of us.   The report can be read in full at Ambrogi’s analysis  can be read under the heading Patents for Legal Services Technology Rose 484% in 2016 “Technological … Read more

Blockchain & The Law Weekly Roundup: 17 August 2017

Title:  Consortium Formed to Drive Blockchain Adoption in Legal Industry Author: Bob Ambrogi Date: 17 August 2017 URL: Extract:  Bob Craig, chief information officer at Baker Hostetler, has a vision of a technology that will transform the business of law. That technology is blockchain. Craig and his firm are part of a group of law … Read more

Press Release: The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) Launches “Legal Industry Working Group’

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), a cross-industry collaborative blockchain consortium aiming to leverage open-source Ethereum technology for enterprise solutions has announced the launch of its ‘Legal Industry Working Group’.   FULL PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK, N.Y., USA – August 14, 2017 – Today the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) announced that 14 leading law firms and … Read more

Forbes Magazine Publishes Article On How They See & Expect Blockchain To Be Used By Law Firms

Forbes contributor, Bernard Marr, writes; I contend that blockchain technology is going to disrupt many businesses and industries and the legal profession just might be next. Although there are many appealing characteristics of blockchain technology for lawyers, perhaps the best one of all is that it can secure information in an immutable and transparent ledger. Blockchain … Read more