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Blockchain in the Enterprise: Applications, Business Models and IP Protection

  • 25 Sep 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Blockchain in the Enterprise: Applications,
Business Models and IP Protection

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Dolcera, San Mateo, CA

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Registration & Networking Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Program

Thank you to our sponsor:

Enterprise Blockchain: Lessons Learned from Global Deployment
Blockchain and Hybrid Centralized-Decenteralized Systems for Enterprise Business
What makes blockchains useful?

What is Enterprise Blockchain?


Blockchains are secure, verifiable, distributed databases that create the foundation for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. While cryptocurrencies have captured media attention due to their wild pricing swings, there is a growing list of enterprise players that have been applying blockchain technologies in a broad range of applications, including: supply chain management, consumer identity verification, counterfeiting prevention, health insurance claim management, media access and global rights management, and more. Market research firm IDC estimated that total corporate and government spending on blockchain will quadruple from $2.9 billion in 2019 to over $12 billion in 2022. Companies that are already involved with blockchain include: IBM, Accenture, Walmart, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Alibaba, Microsoft, and Facebook.

Our panel of experts includes a diversified group of participants in the Blockchain ecosystem: corporate executives, legal experts, VC investors and startups. The panel will address some of the key topics associated with the successful deployment of Blockchain technologies in the enterprise:

  • High-level overview the underlying Blockchain technology concepts
  • Applications and use-cases that are common for Blockchain technology in enterprise situations
  • Emerging business models applied in connection with Blockchain technologies
  • Hurdles to adopting Blockchain technology in corporate settings
  • The current Blockchain patent landscape in the U.S. and abroad.


Marta Belcher, Attorney, Ropes & Gray
Marta is in the intellectual property litigation and data practice groups, and a leader in the area of blockchain law. She represents companies, industry associations, and civil liberties organizations in matters related to blockchain and public policy.  She has spoken about blockchain law around the world, including presenting twice during the World Economic Forum in Davos, testifying before the New York Senate, and speaking in both the European Parliament and the U.S. Congress. Marta serves as outside general counsel for one of the largest blockchain projects. She defended one of the first patent litigations against a blockchain company, and was recognized by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer awards for her pioneering work on the first blockchain-transferable software license.

Jason Cross, Ph.D., Chief Strategy Officer, RYMEDI
Jason is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Rymedi, a technology company providing a blockchain-enabled platform to pharmaceutical, healthcare, agriculture and other highly-regulated industries to streamline the capture, tracking and sharing of data. He is also Chair of the Intellectual Property Subgroup of the IEEE Standards Association Working Group P2418.6 "Blockchain in Healthcare and Life Sciences.” Previously, he was a professor of innovation and entrepreneurship law, policy, and business at Duke University, where he was founding Executive Director of the Innovation & Technology Policy Lab. He has extensive experience working with governments, industry and nonprofits to create and strengthen inclusive innovation systems: from biopharmaceutical legal reform and trade policy in Central America, open education business models and telecom policy in Southern Africa, and mHealth technology in emerging markets, to intellectual property and global development negotiations at the WTO, WIPO and WHO.

Jason Kenagy, Zume

Jason brings his experience in blockchain IP strategy and enterprise business perspective on decentralization technologies to the panel. As the head of Qualcomm’s IP business strategy and product roadmap for several years, Jason pioneered Qualcomm’s activity in blockchain IP exploration and harvesting for the company. Currently, Jason leads revenue strategy and planning central operations for Zume, named in LinkedIn’s 2019 top 25 hottest startups to work for and focused on the use of centralized and decentralized technologies for the reinvention of food supply chains and elimination of food waste. Additionally, he is the named inventor on over 300 patents including world-changing inventions and litigation-quality patents in computing and connectivity technologies such as keypad lock, the invention of the smartphone, and augmented reality.

David Maher, Executive VP and Chief Technology Officer, Intertrust
David has over 30 years of experience in secure computing and is responsible for Research and Development at Intertrust. In addition, he is currently President of Seacert Corporation, a certificate authority for the Internet of Things, President of WhiteCryption Corporation, a developer of application security software, and Co-chairman of the Marlin Trust Management Organization which oversees the world’s only independent digital rights management ecosystem. Before joining Intertrust in 1999, Maher was chief scientist for AT&T Secure Communications Systems, Head of the Secure Systems Research Department, and security architect for AT&T’s Internet services platform. After joining Bell Labs in 1981, he developed secure communications, information vending, and e-commerce systems. He was Chief Architect for AT&T’s STU-III secure voice, data, and video products used by the White House and Department of Defense for top-secret communications.

Samir Raiyani, CEO, Dolcera

Samir has been an inventor, technologist and entrepreneur for over a decade now. He is currently the CEO of Dolcera, a global knowledge services company serving some of world's largest companies in life sciences, high tech, manufacturing and consumer goods sectors. A founder of healthcare startup MediSpark (acquired by iScribe Inc), he has also worked as a Director at SAP Research in Palo Alto. He has over a dozen patent applications to his name in various areas of software engineering and business methods. Samir has an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University and an EE undergraduate degree.


Efrat Kasznik, President, Foresight Valuation

Efrat is President of Foresight Valuation Group, LLC, a Silicon-Valley based IP valuation and strategy consulting firm, and a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Efrat is a valuation and intellectual property expert with two decades of consulting experience, focusing on assisting IP holders across industries with the creation, commercialization and monetization of their intangible assets. She helps clients, ranging in size from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups, with IP and business valuations in support of licensing deals, IP and technology acquisitions, M&A transactions, financial reporting, strategic planning and fundraising. She frequently serves as a testifying expert in disputes involving IP and startup valuations and damages. Efrat currently serves as Chair of the High-Tech Sector – LES USA-Canada, and has been recognized as one of the top IP strategists in the world by IAM every year since 2013.

Bob Weber, Managing Director, Patent Kinetics

Bob is an intellectual property professional, inventor, serial entrepreneur, senior executive, and management consultant. Patent Kinetics, LLC helps entrepreneurs and patent owners build and monetize valuable patent portfolios. Bob is an inventor with 29 issued U.S. patents and a number of foreign counterparts assigned to Intertrust Technologies (presently a joint venture of Sony and Philips) where he previously served as SVP Business and Technology Strategy. The Intertrust portfolio was characterized in the Wall Street Journal as a “once in a generation billion-dollar licensing opportunity.” He has also been a Principal Consultant at Northeast Consulting Resources, Inc., where his consulting practice focused on the intersection of business and technology strategies; with a number of Fortune 500 company clients. Bob divides his time between Silicon Valley and Boston, serving on the IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs Network Advisory Board, organizing and moderating its “Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs” annual meetings, and has served as its Vice Chair, Programs. He also served on the organizing committee for the very successful ConnectedThings2015 and ConnectedThings2016 IoT conferences produced by the MIT Enterprise Forum.

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