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Blockchain Technology: Patents vs. Open Source

September 18, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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A new frontier of innovation has arrived with the advent of cryptocurrencies and the myriad of blockchain use cases. Some folks believe open source and patents have no place together. However, both are integral to the commercialization of blockchain technology.

As blockchain continues to be disruptive in a variety of industries, protecting these innovations value becomes essential. However, value means different things to different people. Some value blockchain technology based on the amount of money it can generate or save. Others value the broad adoption of successful blockchain technologies.

Join us and learn from our panel of innovators in the blockchain technology community as they examine the strategies they use to protect the value of their technologies.


Sam Abbasi, Partner, The BUSHIDO Lab
Evan Schwartz, Engineer at Ripple, Co-Inventor of the Interledger Protocol
Tom Serres, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Animal Ventures
Christian Wentz, Founder/CEO, Stealth Mode Startup


Keegan M. Caldwell, Managing Member and Founder, Caldwell Intellectual Property

Event Schedule

5:30 – 6:00 pm – Registration & networking (light refreshments served)
6:00 – 7:30 pm – Welcome & panel discussion
7:30 – 8:30 pm – Beer, wine & networking @ Meadhall, 90 Broadway, Cambridge


September 18, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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MIT Stata Center
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States