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2/3 - Concurrent PM Track 2 - Deep Dive: Digital Tokens

February 3, 2022 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM


Las Palmas Salon E


135 CLE Minutes

DEEP DIVE: Digital Tokens

Tokenizing Creativity: Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and Intellectual Property

Hear from industry and legal leaders about Digital Tokens and NFTs.  This panel will discuss the origins of Digital Tokens / NFTs, the current application and use of Digital Tokens / NFTs, and the legal challenges and future potential legal issues that may arise as Digital Tokens / NFTs continue to gain acceptance.  Moderator Allison Gaul, IP & Technology attorney at Millen, White, Zelano & Branigan, P.C. will moderate our esteemed panel of lawyers, artists, and entrepreneurs, for an in depth discussion of Digital Tokens and NFTs.

Moderator: Allison Gaul, Millen, White, Zelano & Branigan, P.C., Arlington, VA
Part 1 (2:00 - 3:15 pm)

The Business of Digital Tokens: Turning Products into Tokens and Tokens into Products

Basics of NFT, Blockchain and Smart Contracts
Matthew S. Makover, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Implementing NFTs in Creative Spaces
Halie Klein, Pace Gallery, New York, NY

Digitizing Physical Products IP Issues in the DigitalToken Ecosystem
Bennett Collen, Endstate, Boston, MA

BREAK 3:15 - 3:30 PM

Smart Art: Using NFTs to Protect Artistic Works
Dave Steiner, Meister & Steiner PLLC, New York, NY

Patenting Digital Token Innovations
Frank Gerratana, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, PC

Protecting Against NFT Counterfeits
Michael Fluhr, DLA Piper, San Francisco, CA


  • Klein Klein, Halie

    Pace Gallery | General Counsel

    Halie Klein is the General Counsel of Pace Gallery. As General Counsel, she negotiates and drafts agreements and provides strategic advice to Pace on all of the company’s legal matters, including contractual matters, artist agreements, corporate governance, compliance and, most recently, NFTs.
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    Endstate | CEO

    Bennett Collen is the cofounder/CEO of Endstate, a brand creating the future of product ownership through NFTs and sneakers. He is also an Adjunct Professor teaching Business Applications of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency at Boston College’s MBA program. Prior to Endstate, Bennett was founder/CEO of Cognate, which pioneered the use of smart contracts/NFTs to represent trademark rights. Cognate Acquired by GoDaddy 2018.
  • Gerratana_Frank_square200 Gerratana, Frank

    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo | Member

    ​Frank Gerratana is a Member at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo in Boston. His practice focuses on patent portfolio strategy and spans several emerging technologies including blockchain and cryptocurrency. He is a former chair of the Law Practice Management Committee and New Lawyers Committee.
  • -Steiner-AF-David-square200 Steiner, Dave

    Meister & Steiner PLLC | Founding Partner

    Dave Steiner has been advising clients for over 20 years on technology, media and intellectual property deals as well as trademark, copyright and art-related matters. Dave is also a working artist, and has had solo shows in New York, Los Angeles and Copenhagen. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Huffington Post and Hyperallergic.
  • 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.
  • Fluhr, Michael

    DLA Piper | Of Counsel

    Michael Fluhr counsels and defends companies in a wide variety of complex, commercial disputes. Michael focuses his practice on the financial sector, including the blockchain and digital asset space, where he advises and defends exchanges, issuers, NFT platforms and creators, and related companies. Sought-after for his deep understanding of the space and technology, Michael has been quoted in media and regularly publishes and speaks about issues germane to blockchain and digital assets, including securities analysis, intellectual property rights, and regulation of the NFT space.
  • Makover, Matthew

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP | Partner

    Matthew S. Makover is a partner in the Intellectual Property Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York. Matthew's focus includes intellectual property transactions and counseling. Matthew has advised on intellectual property matters involving the sale and licensing of software, patents, trademarks and copyrights (including media content) and has experience with both private and public mergers and acquisitions, financings and capital market transactions. Matthew also has experience structuring and negotiating project and commercial agreements. Matthew has worked with a number of clients in the software, entertainment, cryptocurrency, gaming, fintech, media, retail, insurance, healthcare, consumer products, manufacturing, telecommunications, gaming and fashion industries.