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Laura A. Colca Comments on Blockchain and Patent and Trademark Litigation in Buffalo Law Journal Special IP Report Articles May 7, 2018

In two separate articles in Buffalo Law Journal’s “Special Report: Intellectual Property,” Goldberg Segalla partner Laura A. Colca commented on the possible IP applications of blockchain technology and patent and trademark enforcement and litigation.

Laura, a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group and a leader of the firm's Startup Services practice, explained the role of cease-and-desist letters in patent and trademark enforcement for Buffalo Law Journal readers. “The cease-and-desist letter demands that the alleged infringer immediately suspend its activities,” she said. “Sometimes, but not always, cease-and-desist letters extend an offer to the alleged infringer to become an authorized licensee of the patent holder. [The letter] typically affords the alleged infringer a limited period of time to discontinue its activities before legal proceedings are commenced.”

Laura also weighed in on the open question of the patentability of blockchain technologies and applications. “The problem that arises when blockchain technology is patented is that big companies can amass a portfolio of patents and then attempt to enforce them against smaller companies that do not have the resources to fight the litigation,” she said.

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