It may be the moment for the IP profession to get to grips with the use of blockchain technology in its practice. Blockchain has, of course, risen to its current fame as the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, but how relevant is it to IP professionals and trademark law and practice? In their Article, Time to Get Smart?, Birgit Clark and Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, Baker McKenzie, London, explore the idea of “smart IP rights” and look at the possibilities blockchain offers for IP protection and registration, as well as evidence, either at the registry stage or in court.
Birgit Clark is based in Baker Mckenzie'sLondon office, who is a Professional Support Lawyer (Intellectual Property, EMEA). She's originally qualified as Attorney-at-Law in Germany and subsequently also as UK solicitor and Chartered UK and European trade mark attorney. Having studied in Germany and the UK, she published her doctoral thesis in the field of intellectual property and privacy laws and has been specialising in trade marks, designs and related soft IP in the UK since 2006.