In a June 9, 2022 letter to the Directors of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and US Copyright Office, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) requested that the agencies jointly undertake a study of intellectual property (IP) rights considerations with respect to non-fungible tokens (NFT or NFTs).

Continue Reading Senators Dive Into the World of NFTs, Asking US Patent and Copyright Offices to Consider Questions Regarding Related IP Rights

On June 3, 2022, House Energy and Commerce Chair Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Ranking Member Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Ranking Member Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) released a new comprehensive federal privacy bill, the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (“ADPPA”).

Continue Reading House and Senate Release a Bipartisan U.S. Federal Privacy Bill

On June 8, 2022, New York’s Department of Financial Services released interpretive guidance on the “Issuance of U.S. Dollar-Backed Stablecoins.” The guidance applies to entities that issue stablecoins under DFS supervision, and addresses three broad topics—redeemability, reserve requirements, and monthly attestation by an independent CPA firm.

Continue Reading New York DFS Releases Stablecoin Guidance

On June 1, 2022, the Department of Justice announced its first criminal indictment for insider trading of nonfungible tokens, or NFTs. The case opens yet another front in the Government’s efforts to police the burgeoning marketplace for digital assets and NFTs.

Continue Reading DOJ Announces First NFT Insider Trading Prosecution

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On May 16, 2022, the US Department of State, US Department of Treasury, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued combined guidance (“IT Workers Advisory”) on efforts by North Korean nationals to secure freelance engagements as remote information technology (“IT”) workers by posing as non-North Korea nationals. The IT Workers Advisory provides employers with detailed information on how North Korean IT workers operate, highlights red flag indicators for companies hiring freelance developers and for freelance and payment platforms to identify these workers, and provides general mitigation measures for companies to better protect against inadvertently engaging these workers or facilitating the operations of the North Korean government in violation of US sanctions.

Continue Reading US Issues Guidance to Companies Warning of Cybersecurity and Sanctions Risks Posed by IT Workers Directed by North Korea

In one of the first criminal cases brought under US sanctions laws involving cryptocurrency transactions, a federal magistrate judge approved the Department of Justice’s criminal complaint. In the opinion unsealed on May 13, 2022, US Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqi ruled that the Department of Justice demonstrated probable cause in accusing an unnamed defendant of transmitting more than $10 million in bitcoin to a “comprehensively sanctioned” country.

Continue Reading Judge Rules in Criminal Sanctions Case Involving Cryptocurrency

On May 4, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed executive order N-9-22 regarding blockchain and crypto assets, with the objective to “spur responsible web3 innovation, grow jobs, and protect consumers.” According to the accompanying press release, the executive order “aims to create a transparent regulatory and business environment for web3 companies which harmonizes federal and California approaches, balances the benefits and risks to consumers, and incorporates California values such as equity, inclusivity, and environmental protection.”

Continue Reading California Governor Signs Blockchain Executive Order

A small but growing number of employees are asking for cryptocurrency as a form of compensation.  Whether a substitute for wages or as part of an incentive package, offering cryptocurrency as compensation has become a way for some companies to differentiate themselves from others.  In a competitive labor market, this desire to provide innovative forms of compensation is understandable.  But any company thinking about cryptocurrency needs to be aware of the risks involved, including regulatory uncertainties and market volatility. Continue Reading Cryptocurrency As Compensation: Beware Of The Risks

On February 28, 2022, the Emirate of Dubai enacted Law No. 4 of 2022 on the Regulation of Virtual Assets (“VAL”) and established the Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (“VARA”). By establishing a legal framework for businesses related to virtual assets, including crypto assets and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), this landmark law reflects Dubai’s vision to become one of the leading jurisdictions for entrepreneurs and investors of blockchain technology. Continue Reading Dubai Issues Its First Crypto Law Regulating Virtual Assets

Please join Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP for a webinar:

Intellectual Property and the Blockchain, Part 1

Cryptocurrency, NFTs, and Retail:  Protecting Your Brand With Trademarks

Tuesday, April 26, 2022
12:30 pm ET

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It is well-known that a trademark is a word, name, symbol, design, or phrase used to identify and distinguish a product or service, and to indicate the source of the product or service. But, do you know whether your cryptocurrency brand may function—or receive protection—as a trademark? Or how you may use your existing retail brand in connection with an NFT?

In this presentation, the first of a series, we will discuss the intersection of trademark law and cryptocurrency, NFTs, and retail, a collection of seemingly unrelated topics that are growing increasingly interconnected in the digital age.

You can expect to learn about:

  • Cryptocurrency – what it is and how it may be protected by trademark law;
  • NFTs (non-fungible tokens) – what they are, how brands are using them, and related trademark (and copyright) issues;
  • The link between retailers and NFTs; and
  • Best practice takeaways.

Who Should Attend: In-house IP counsel, general counsel, and other legal professionals and brand owners.

Speakers:

  • Sherli M. Furst, Associate, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Mayme Beth F. Donohue, Associate, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Omid Malekan, Associate in Business, Columbia Business School

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP will seek CLE credit for this program in CA, FL, GA, MA, NC, NJ, NY, TX and VA only. Credit hours are not guaranteed and are subject to each state’s approval rules.