Insights

Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Firm Thought Leadership

Baker Botts has extensive knowledge and broad-based experience to provide you with topical advice on blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies. Our lawyers are active in prosecuting patents for new technologies and in structuring financings for emerging companies. Founders and investors in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space choose us because they can confidently rely upon our corporate, intellectual property and regulatory expertise. We help our clients innovate and disrupt while complying with evolving regulatory environments in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Emerging Company/Finance

Baker Botts lawyers have represented start-up companies and their investors throughout the long history of our firm. Many of our oldest and largest institutional clients are businesses we have worked with since their formation – in some cases for many decades. That tradition continues today as blockchain and other distributed ledger technology companies seek capital through token pre-sales and securities offerings. Emerging companies benefit from the natural intersection of our experience in corporate transactions and intellectual property matters. Entrepreneurs, early stage and growing companies, as well as investors, venture capitalists and underwriters, benefit from our business-oriented counsel as they seek to deploy capital into blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Universities and large commercial enterprises also depend on our judgment and recommendations as they develop, patent and license these new technologies.

Patents and Intellectual Property Rights

Patents are perhaps the most tangible and enforceable types of intellectual property, and a well-written patent is essential to any business with an idea. This is especially true for companies developing blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies. Securing patent rights in the U.S., Europe and Asia can be a starting point for licensing negotiations, a barrier to entry for competitors or a ticket into court. Clients rely on us to draft and prosecute patent applications directed to blockchain technology. These applications include techniques for improving the operation of blockchains and for leveraging blockchain technology for new applications. For example, some recent applications dealt with the underlying technology that is used to implement and facilitate blockchains in a network. Others dealt with using blockchains or blockchain principles to improve content distribution, data security, and network transfer speeds. Our intellectual property group specializes in helping you understand how to maximize your copyright, trademark and trade secret rights.

Regulatory Experience

Our lawyers have significant experience in state and U.S. securities, commodities, banking and investment company regulation. We have appeared before the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement in connection with its review of activity in this emerging area. Clients look to us for help in complying with securities laws in in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Our clients benefit from our expertise in tax and cross-border regulation, including U.S. regulation of foreign banking and foreign regulation of U.S. and other financial activities. In the digital asset space, we add value by offering our clients the full range of legal services in a single, global and integrated law firm.

Thought Leadership and Innovation

As our clients develop their blockchain-related businesses across the world, the Baker Botts digital asset team assists with regulatory and legal advice and the development of innovative and compliant business models. Larger industry incumbents turn to us for advice in understanding how blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger applications may affect their existing business model and specific competitive landscape. For example, energy industry clients turn to us for help in planning and developing blockchain trading platforms and managing their crypto assets. We have hosted and spoken at many conferences on these topics worldwide. Our thought leaders are available to answer your specific questions. Reach them by phone or email for more information about how to add Baker Botts to your team.

 

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