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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

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

Article: More US States move to legalise blockchain

UK publication, Enterprise, has a simple overview of what US states are introducing blockchain related legislation. They write in their introduction. Last week five separate bills were put before three states in the USA. All of the bills have one thing in common, blockchain and in particular, smart contracts. The bills were introduced in Nebraska … Read more

Article: Enabling or Crippling? The Risks of State-by-State Blockchain Laws

This opinion piece is penned by Andrea Tinianow the director of Global Delaware & Joshua Ashley Klayman who chairs the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s Legal Working Group. Published by CoinDesk Tianiow and Klayman consider whether so-called enabling legislation passed by a handful U.S. states is necessary for blockchain technology to flourish – and if so, some … Read more

Anguilla Govt Says They’ll Offer World’s First Blockchain Token Offering Registration Process For Utility Token Offerings

That’s a bit of a mouthful isn’t it! The following press release tells us that the Anguilla Utility Token Offering Act (or AUTO Act will establish the world’s first registration process for an offering of cryptocurrency. Here’s the press release in full so none of the details get lost in translation. This act will facilitate registration of … Read more

California Finally Rolling Out Its Own Cannabis Trademark Laws

They’ll come into force 1 January next year. Here is the press release via JD Supra.   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 … Read more

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

Bad Faith Trademark Filing & China’s New Rules

Beijing’s IP Court held a press conference (4/24/2017) to highlight how it intends to deal with bad-faith filing under a raft of new rules issued by Beijing. Following are some of the new measures to be introduced. Take into account the circumstance where the applicant’s bad faith has been confirmed in a previous case. Publish … Read more