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October 26, 2017 News

Blockchain and IP conference at EUIPO


The first use of blockchain technology was for a virtual payment system, most notably the decentralised Bitcoin digital currency system.

Few new technologies have attracted as much attention over the last few years as blockchain technology and its possible applications. The first use of blockchain technology was for a virtual payment system, most notably the decentralised Bitcoin digital currency system.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of new companies all over the world have already emerged in the blockchain ecosystem. Many of them are developing business solutions that can be applied proactively in the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. However, some of them can also be used as facilitators of infringements of intellectual property rights.

In addition, discussions have already been held about how the technology can facilitate and support more effective e-government solutions, including registration and deposit systems for intellectual property.

On 26 October 2017, the EUIPO will host a conference on ‘Blockchain and Intellectual Property’. The conference will bring together law enforcement officers, European intellectual property offices, key industry stakeholders and leading blockchain experts to discuss this essential topic.

The conference will have presentations on the technology itself and a number of use cases. There will also be group discussions on specific topics and a panel debate looking at the future.