Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (“DAOs”) - legal status, operation and uncertainties.
- Ben Hitchens
- Oliver Roberts
6:30pm - Event starts
8:00pm - Event ends
Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (“DAOs”) are a relatively new type of organisation, which have grown significantly in popularity over the past 2 years.
DAOs have a unique method of making decisions, which typically involves voting through a smart contract.
Ben and Oliver will give an introduction to how DAOs operate and the legal uncertainty surrounding their legal status.
The session will also include practical tips for disputes involving a DAO, including how to identify the correct party to bring a claim against or on behalf of a DAO.
About the speakers
Ben Hitchens is a London-based Partner and intellectual property disputes lawyer. He works with clients principally in the fields of tech, luxury goods and social media within a digital/online context. Much of his work is focused on addressing infringements of clients’ brands, designs and creative works (including software), and he strategically advises clients to proactively secure IP protection and minimise the risk of future conflict.
Ben is a stand-out expert for the virtual worlds; increasingly advising clients on developing law and practice informing the protection/enforcement of IP in the context of the Metaverse, AI and NFTs.
Ben’s practice covers all aspects of intellectual property law, with a particular focus on trade mark and copyright disputes. He is experienced in managing multi-jurisdictional IP disputes on behalf of some of the world’s best-known brands and has counselled clients in actions before the English High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Oliver Roberts is a trainee at CMS with a particular interest in intellectual property disputes and emerging technology. He has a particular interest in IP in videogames, virtual worlds, the metaverse and crypto technologies.
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