Michael Best Leads on Blockchain and Other Emerging Tech

The following analysis was written by Sarah C. Helton, Principal of Michael Best Strategies and Staff Counsel of Michael Best. Michael Best's 2018 Technology + the Law Symposium took place in Raleigh North Carolina at Duke University. Last week, Michael Best hosted our first Technology and Law Symposium in the hub of innovation, Research Triangle. We brought … Continue reading Michael Best Leads on Blockchain and Other Emerging Tech

Missed Our Webinar?

Yesterday, Michael Best's Senior Counsel Justin Cruz and Brian Mangum hosted a complimentary webinar titled "Blockchain and Intellectual Property: Protecting and Harnessing a Cutting - Edge Technology," where they discussed the protection of distributed ledger technologies (DLTs), as well as current and future implementations of blockchain and DLT to fields like IP analytics and enforcement. The panel also examined … Continue reading Missed Our Webinar?

The Rumors of the Lawyer’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated (for now)

The buzz of bitcoin hitting a high over $19000 USD this year brought cryptocurrency to the mainstream. People have may have previously heard of bitcoin or maybe even blockchain. However, it may not be clear to the casual observer what differentiates bitcoin, cryptocurrency, or blockchain technology. Part of what may have been overshadowed in the … Continue reading The Rumors of the Lawyer’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated (for now)

U.S. Health Care Companies & Blockchain Technology

Fact: The U.S. health care industry has an abundance of confidential patient information. Boston's medical offices alone use nearly two dozen different systems for filing and storing electronic health records. Yet, could we see a shift in the management and handling of health care data? Today’s Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Daily Clips highlight: "In addition to the major pharmaceutical … Continue reading U.S. Health Care Companies & Blockchain Technology

Can Blockchain Technology Offer Transparency to the Privacy & Security of Our Data?

From Equifax to Facebook, 2017 was the year of the data breach. With five of the ten largest breaches occurring this past year, over 65 percent of the American population had their personal information either stolen, sold, or studied by a third party without their consent. Yet, according to a report presented to the Federal … Continue reading Can Blockchain Technology Offer Transparency to the Privacy & Security of Our Data?

House Joint Resolution 25, Blockchain Legislation, and the Future of Illinois

House Joint Resolution 25 created the Illinois Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Task Force, a 17-member task force tasked with studying how, and if, the state of Illinois and units of local government can benefit from a transition to a blockchain based system for recordkeeping and service delivery.  Specifically, the task force studied (1) opportunities and … Continue reading House Joint Resolution 25, Blockchain Legislation, and the Future of Illinois

House Subcommittees Examine Emerging Applications for Blockchain Technology

The main focus of the February 14, 2018, House Subcommittee on Research and Technology and the Subcommittee on Oversight hearing, “Beyond Bitcoin: Emerging Applications for Blockchain Technology,” was to gather information and get a better understanding of bitcoin and blockchain. Specifically, lawmakers attempted to garner a better understanding of the high profile cases that have … Continue reading House Subcommittees Examine Emerging Applications for Blockchain Technology