On a mission, on a roll, on a plane!
[Credit: Franklin Pierce IP News, Nov 2018]
I know it’s not over yet, but 2018 has already been one filled with amazing opportunities, experiences and accomplishments for me. I joined the phenomenal faculty at the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in the fall of 2017. Since that time it has been planes, trains, and automobiles.
It feels like I created my own “Where in the world is Professor Evans” game as I traveled the world to share my experiences and expertise about the intersections of intellectual property and technology, with a decided focus on blockchain and IP. Reminds me a lot of my life before law school when I traveled the world as a professional tennis player. So I guess all of my experiences have prepared me for this moment in time.
I was thrilled to be one of the faculty members featured in this month’s Franklin Pierce IP News, which highlights some of the impressive accomplishments of UNH Law faculty. My highlight focused on a recent nomination by Judge Patricia Elaine Campbell-Smith, and appointment by Chief Judge Margaret M. Sweeney, to the IP Committee of the Advisory Council to the US Court of Federal Claims.
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Although the France presentations mentioned in the newsletter were canceled (or as the French say, annulé … yes, I’d practiced my french!!!) at the last minute , I have traveled everywhere from Bangkok to BYU to Berlin (ah, alliteration) to speak about blockchain, copyright, innovation, and more. Approximately 20 presentations at last count … and counting!
A highlight of my year was the internal presentation to over 150 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) attorneys and staff about blockchain.
Blockchain + IP: MOSAIC 2018
Another recent highlight includes serving as co-planner for the fourth annual MOSAIC 2018 intellectual property conference [link to info and video]. This year’s theme was IP Unbundled: Theory, Policy and Practice. More than 50 academics, policymakers, activists, students, and entrepreneurs attended and engaged in critical dialogue.
I moderated the Blockchain, AI and the Future of IP panel, which featured top blockchain entrepreneurs from IPWe, Cognate and LBRY. We discussed the ways that blockchain, AI and other digital tech innovations are already disrupting the practice of intellectual property law and legal education. This panel was particularly important because it previews the types of topics we will cover with our forthcoming Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law online certificate program, set to launch on January 22, 2019.
Before the panelists shared their insights about the myriad ways blockchain is already disrupting IP, I shared a 13 minute overview of what blockchain is and why it’s important to the worlds of technology law and business. Blockchain in 13 minutes? Yep. Here’s the video. Enjoy and share with your networks.
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