SXSW 2019

IP, Brand & Blockchain: Business on the Block


Open blockchain protocols are generally based on open-source software, where intellectual property rights (patent, copyright, trademark) are generally not pursued. But when devs build dApps on top of open platforms, questions of IP ownership soon follow. Additionally, building a product or service "on the block" requires savvy entrepreneurs and owners to manage and leverage trademark and trade secret rights and protections. Our panel experts will explore all of these essential topics.

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  1. Understand what intellectual property rights are, how they are created, and how they apply to software.
  2. How to effectively protect, leverage and monetize a blockchain project brand and its IP.
  3. How strong, robust IP protections fit in (or don't) within the OSS blockchain space.



Tonya Evans, Professor of Law, Chair of IP & Technology Online Programs,

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Blockchain & Cryptocurrency
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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