USPTO hosts 7 sessions of blockchain virtual event series
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced on its website that
will host monthly webinars on topics including intellectual property in the
metaverse and patent eligibility in blockchain.
USPTO’s Virginia-based Eastern Regional Outreach Office (EROO) is creating a virtual information series “to showcase the underlying technology and various utilities of blockchain and intellectual property (IP)”. This free event series allows participants to meet with stakeholders and affiliates in the distributed ledger technology, learn about their current trajectory, “dream with them about their future goals, and gain an understanding about the importance of IP protections in this emerging technology.”
The series of webinars is scheduled to run through November, and the organization has already held two virtual events on May 17 & June 21 respectively. The founder of the intellectual property platform IPwe, Erich Spangenberg spoke at a June session focused on “a way to revolutionize the cataloging and licensing of patents.”
The office’s upcoming webinar, titled “Intellectual Property Investigation of Protection in the Metaverse,” is set for July 19. On August 16 East Coast Attorney James Gatto will host a session focused on the ‘cross-section of blockchain, patents and open source’ where he will discussed how this developing technology revolutionizing the way people conduct transactions.
The USPTO has seen a surge of registrations for brands to register trademarks in the virtual world ranging from Nike, Walmart, Crocs, and Coachella.
USPTO has received tons of NFT and metaverse applications in the past year. In April month, the Mastercard filed 15 NFT and metaverse trademark applications. And meta confirmed filing 8 trademark applications based on the web3 and crypto.
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