Chris Mammen recently interviewed Berkeley Law professors Narechania and McCrary about some of the IP applications of blockchain. This short video touches upon the following points:

  • What is blockchain?
  • Does it have broader applications outside Finance?
  • Who is the inventor and why is his/her/their identity important?
  • How might ownership of a core set of blockchain patents play out in IP terms?
  • Is there a public interest element to patent ownership here and might the “open source” ethos be embraced?
  • Improvement inventions, patentable subject matter and inventiveness questions in the context of bringing claims
  • Who is active in the patenting space of blockchain?
  • Economic perspective of blockchain innovation vs. patent law perspective
  • What is the relevance here of the Supreme Court’s Alice patentability decision?
  • The defensive approach in the context of improvement patents and encouragement/discouragement of innovation.

Click here to watch the interview.