US Patent and Trademark Office hosts blockchain event series

Quick Takes

  • The US Patent and Trademark Office is diving into blockchain and intellectual property tech this year with a series of webinars.
  • The organization’s Virginia-based Eastern Regional Outreach Office will host training sessions to discuss distributed ledger technology. 

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will host monthly webinars on topics including intellectual property in the metaverse and patent eligibility in blockchain, the office announced on its website. 

The sessions are designed to allow attendees to learn about blockchain and intellectual property, “dream with them about their future goals, and gain an understanding about the importance of IP protections in this emerging technology.” 

The office’s next webinar, titled “Intellectual Property Investigation of Protection in the Metaverse,” is set for July 19.  East Coast Attorney James Gatto will host a session in August focused on the cross-section of blockchain, patents and open source. 

The webinars run through November, and office has already held two virtual events in the series. Erich Spangenberg, founder of the intellectual property platform IPwe, spoke at a June session focused on “a way to revolutionize the cataloging and licensing of patents.”

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