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European IPR Helpdesk Annual Event 2018: Digital Transformation

IPR - INtellectual Property Rights
Date: Wednesday, 12 December 2018 15:00 - 18:00

Venue: Polis Office Rue du Trône 98 1050 Brussels

Blockchain has for too long been associated solely with the digital currency Bitcoin. But what is Blockchain technology? What makes Blockchain technology a disruptive innovation?

What’s the impact of Blockchain technology on Intellectual Property and the protection of it?

Blockchain ledgers create time-stamped records that cannot be retroactively altered. This makes them an ideal solution for proving when a given piece of work was first created and used. Such a system could eliminate doubts about who created a piece of IP, making it easier for creators to enforce their rights when instances of infringement occur. The impact of the underlying technology in the numerous Blockchain protocols is certain to have a tremendous bearing on how we do business in the future. Already, the most important stakeholders in IP consider Blockchain technology a potential game changer for IP-intensive industries.

The European IPR Helpdesk warmly invites you to participate in its Annual/Stakeholder Event in Brussels focusing on the role of IP with regard to latest technology trends in the field of Blockchain.

The Annual Event with its lectures will raise awareness and launch an open exchange of views regarding the role of Blockchain technology in the future of IP.

Key talks will give you the opportunity to look at this hot topic from various perspectives. The UK-based law experts Ruth Burstall and Birgit Clark will explain the potential impact of Blockchain technology on the IP-intensive industries. The European Patent Office will share the lessons learned from their Blockchain conference which takes place just a few days before our Annual Event. SIM Powerchain from the Netherlands will present its experiences in combining technology with content for smart contracts, and act as validators of the information uploaded to the Powerchain – with a particular focus on FMCG (fast moving consumer goods). And, last but not least, we are very glad that the Austrian SME Vaultitude will demonstrate best practice in how to use Blockchain’s notary-like characteristics to make IP protection safer, faster, cheaper and more convenient. The event will be an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas and information related to an emerging field of future IP protection.

With the current European IPR Helpdesk project coming to an end in December, the programme will be rounded off by a presentation of the team's key achievements over the past four years, aiming to encourage further exchange and discussion during a get-together following the event.

Join us to learn and discuss how distributed ledger technology, or Blockchain, may be used for protection of IP and to complement (or revolutionise) traditional IP management strategies.

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Polis Office Rue du Trône 98 1050 Brussels


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  • Wednesday, 12 December 2018 15:00 - 18:00

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