The Importance of Blockchain

Trademark Attorney, Julie Tolek, is published in the latest edition of The Licensing Journal, a Wolters Kluwer publication. Julie discusses the prevalence, downsides, and benefits of blockchain technology in regards to intellectual property.


Julie goes on to say,

A smart contract is a self-executing, or self-enforcing, agreement written in computer code and signed by the parties using cryptographic signatures. Because it is self-executing, it does not need third party involvement or external oversight. The code and the agreement live on a blockchain network and the code automatically controls the execution and transactions under the agreement. A smart contract can automatically monitor and calculate each time a royalty payment is due, according to the terms of the contract, and automatically make a payment to a predetermined wallet owned by the trademark holder. This makes for a hassle free and easily enforceable trademark licensing agreement.

The full article can be found here.

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