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Blockchain and Patents talk

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A presentation on bitcoin and blockchain patents I gave at the Fin(Legal)Tech Conference at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, IL.

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Blockchain and Patents talk

  1. 1. Blockchain and Patents Fin(Legal)Tech Conference, November 4, 2016 Nelson M. Rosario Intellectual Property Attorney Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP 1
  2. 2. Nation Building & Economic Development 2
  3. 3. Smartphones - The Leapfrog Engine 3
  4. 4. Patents? Blockchain? 4 +
  5. 5. Blockchain Patent Landscape • Patents filings are leading economic indicators • Patents filings are trailing economic indicators • Patent filings are indicative of skin in the game 5
  6. 6. Total Patent Applications and Granted Patents 6 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Blockchain 0 0 1 11 38 20 Bitcoin 13 32 94 265 247 34 13 32 94 265 247 34 0 0 1 11 38 20 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Blockchain 0 0 1 4 6 0 Bitcoin 6 18 26 55 27 2 6 18 26 55 27 2 0 0 1 4 6 0 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Patent Applications Granted Patents
  7. 7. Patent Filings by Top 5 Technology Areas Percentage Technology Area 55% Data processing: financial, business practice, management, or cost/price determination 10% Amusement devices: games 5% Information security 3% Electrical computers and digital processing systems: multicomputer data transferring 2% Electrical computers and digital processing systems: support 74% Total Percentage 7
  8. 8. What does it all mean? 8
  9. 9. Perceived conflict between OSS and IP protection 9
  10. 10. The Internet Shows the Way 10 1971 2016
  11. 11. Bitcoin is here to stay • Only Successful Use Case of Blockchain • Network Effects • The Most Powerful Network on the Planet 11 source: 21.co as of 11/2/16
  12. 12. Nelson M. Rosario Email: nrosario@marshallip.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/nelsonrosario Twitter: @NelsonMRosario 12

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