PATENTING BLOCK CHAIN APPLICATIONS

Introduction Everyone has heard of Bitcoin and its progeny, e.g., Ethereum, etc. It is also well known that cryptocurrencies operate on a platform of blockchains. Blockchains utilize a distributed network wherein each node of the chain possesses the identical information of every other node. Therefore, if the information changes on only one node of the…

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CYBER-SQUATTING CONTINUED

In perhaps an aggressive application of the Anti-Cyber Piracy Act, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled the company Virtual Works, Inc., violated the Act by registering the Internet domain name “VW.net.” The basis of the decision was the finding that Virtual Works had offered to sell the domain name, which…

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CYBER-SQUATTING AND CYBER-PIRACY

There has been significant publicity of individuals registering domain names incorporating the names of famous persons or organizations or otherwise incorporating trademarks and trade names of others. The domain names are then held for resale to the organizations for a substantial profit. In November, 1999, Congress passed and President Clinton signed the Anti-cyber Piracy Act…

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INTERNET ISSUES

The following is a condensed summary of an excellent article entitled “The Internet and American Business in the New Millennium” appearing in the Texas Bar Journal, Volume 63, January 2000. The article was authored by Gregory M. Bopp, Jim Flegle, Robert E. Kinney and Eden P. Sholeen of the law firm of Bracewell and Patterson,…

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INTERNET DOMAIN NAME DISPUTES

The problem of conflicting domain names continues. A company “Houston Bill” may be transacting may be operating a barbeque restaurant utilizing a website with the domain name Houstonbill.com. Another restaurant may start up and register the domain name Houston-bill.com. It would be helpful if Houston Bill had registered the mark “Houstonbill” as a trademark. (Registering…

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