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Tuesday, March 17

11:00am CDT

The Arc of Emerging Technology: Patents Predict It
This session will look at how to use the patent as a tool for predicting the future; and it will explore how our patent system really works.
Sometime, perhaps 1000 years ago mankind unearthed an interactive virtual machine, an amplifier of ideas, a tool that would both preserve history, and project ideas into the future. John of Shiedame and the King of England used it in 1326 to spread the art of salt making to a country in need. Samuel Morse used it in 1847 when he taught the world to communicate via electromagnetism. Today we call this interactive virtual machine by the name “patent.” The concept is simple: teach something new, get a limited monopoly in exchange.
Many disparage the patent because of its sharp monopolistic teeth. Few realize however that the patent also traces the arc of technology, if you learn how to look. Disruptive innovations occur when disparate technologies collide. By tracing the arc left by these patent collisions, one can catch glimpses of the future.

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Gregory Stobbs

Atty/Principal, Harness Dickey & Pierce PLC
Mr. Stobbs has been a principal of Harness Dickey since 1986 and has practiced in the IP field for over 30 years. He is the author of two leading legal treatises, Software Patents, and Business Method Patents and editor of a third treatise, Software Patents Worldwide, a work comprising... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT

12:30pm CDT

Cash, Credit, Bitcoin? The Law of Digital Currency
Digital currencies present a host of complex legal, regulatory, and policy questions. Policymakers paid little attention to digital currencies until 2013, when the rise of Bitcoin forced them to confront the issues raised by these products. Policymakers must decide how to prevent digital currencies from being used for money laundering and terrorist financing and to protect consumers from fraud—but without stifling innovation in this nascent field. Further, regulators face the challenge of trying to regulate providers of digital currency services within a traditional regulatory framework that is often wholly unsuited to the unique characteristics of digital currencies.
This presentation will explain the issues that regulators and lawmakers are addressing with respect to digital currencies, and describe the key actions taken to date. The presentation also will discuss legal issues that businesses involved with digital currencies should consider and address.

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David Beam

Partner, K&L Gates LLP
David Beam is a partner in the financial services practice of K&L Gates, a global law firm with offices on five continents. The focus of David’s practice is payments and credit regulation. He provides clients with regulatory compliance and related business planning advice; works... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT