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EVENT RECORDING: NFT Patent Expert Giovanna Fessenden Panelist for the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office

January 26, 2023

A recording of the webinar is now available. Giovanna's segment begins at 27 minutes.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office conducted a joint webinar on intellectual property law and policy issues associated with non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Giovanna Fessenden, Counsel at Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, participated as a panelist on the patents and non-fungible tokens virtual roundtable on January 26, 2023, from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT. Giovanna is an intellectual property attorney and blockchain specialist with 20 years of experience advising high tech companies and startups in software patents, software product development, software licensing, open source software licensing compliance, and intellectual property strategy. Giovanna is a frequent speaker on the topics of open source, blockchain, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and esports technologies.

This program was the second in a series of three virtual roundtables looking at intellectual property (IP) law and policy issues associated with NFTs. It focused on patents and NFTs, providing panelists—including technologists, patent owners and practitioners, academics, and industry representatives—with an opportunity to share their knowledge and inform a joint study conducted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the United States Copyright Office.

This study continues the two offices’ ongoing work to explore emerging technologies and their implications for IP rights, and it responds to a request from the Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property.

This virtual program was hosted by the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA). The office advises the administration and other federal government departments and agencies on domestic and international IP legal and policy issues. It also provides technical assistance and training on IP-related matters to U.S. stakeholders and both U.S. and foreign government officials.