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10/30: Concurrent Sessions: Fintech/Blockchain

October 30, 2020 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM


Virtual - all times are eastern daylight time


90 CLE Minutes



Concurrent Session 2:  Hot Issues in FinTech and Blockchain


Allison Gaul, Washington, DC


Technical Tutorial of Blockchaing: A case study -- Stephen J. Mackenzie, Senior IP Counsel, Koch Industries, Wichita, KS

Uses of Blockchain by Industry -- Joseph J. Petrokaitis
, Corporate Counsel, IBM Corporation, Armonk, NY

Open Source Licensing and Decentralized Content Distribution Platforms
-- Matej Michalko, CEO, DECENT, Geneva, Switzerland

Due Diligence for Blockchain IP Portfolios
-- Marc Kaufman, RIMON Law, Washington, DC



  • Kaufman, Marc200 Kaufman, Marc

    Rimon | Partner

    Marc Kaufman concentrates his practice in the area of patent strategy, in particular, advising clients in protecting, managing and leveraging their intellectual property assets. He has also represented clients in defending against patent assertions in district courts and through post-grant administrative proceedings in the U.S. Patent Office. Mr. Kaufman has created structured procedures to secure and enforce intellectual property rights in a market-focused manner. Marc’s practice focuses on computer software including the areas of Fintech, database technology, content distribution, and computer security.
  • PETROKAITIS square200 Petrokaitis, Joseph

    IBM Corporation | Counsel, IP Law

    Joe Petrokaitis is currently Counsel, IP Law, at IBM Corporation supporting the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. Joe previously supported IBM's blockchain transactional and patent filing activities. Joe received a B.S.E.E. from the University of Connecticut and a J.D. from Pace University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut, and is registered to practice before the USPTO.
  • Mackenzie, Stephen200 MacKenzie, Stephen
    Stephen MacKenzie is Senior Counsel IP and IP Litigation at Koch Companies Public Sector, which is the Legal, Government, and Public Affairs division for Koch Industries, Inc. based in Wichita, Kansas.  Steve focuses his practice on prosecution strategy, IP management and counseling, M&A, and licensing.  Prior to joining Koch, Steve worked in private practice as a patent litigation attorney in Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Gaul, Allison

    Millen, White, Zelano & Branigan | Of Counsel

    Allison Gaul is Of Counsel at Millien White, where here practice includes patent and products counseling for computer-implemented innovations. She specializes in AI, blockchain, analytics, and platforms. She loves working with client engineers to improve user experience for digital products, while reducing compliance risk related to privacy, ethics, and more. Allison has experience as a startup advisor for NFT platforms and brokerages, as well as advising clients about patenting in this space.