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Non-Fungible Tokens: Understanding the Complex Legal Issues in this Revolution for Copyright Holders

Speaker(s): Lewis Cohen , Mark F. Radcliffe, Olta Andoni
Recorded on: Apr. 12, 2021
PLI Program #: 325445

Olta Andoni is a well known IP and Fintech Attorney  who has just recently joined Nifty's as their Chief Legal Officer. Olta is a  thought leader in the space where she voices and advocates for regulatory guidance, compliance, new legislation, policy developments in the industry and many legal issues related to the NFTs. She is also an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent, College of Law where she lectures courses in Antitrust Law and Blockchain, AIs and Digital Privacy. 

Primary Areas of Practice: IP Licensing, Open Source Software Licensing, Venture Capital, Corporate Structuring; Corporate Collaborations

School/Graduate School: Harvard Law School

Work History:

Mr. Radcliffe represents corporations in their intellectual property and finance matters. His clients include both startups and global multinationals.  He has been at the forefront of many of the major legal developments in the last three decades, including the development the first domain dispute resolution policy for Network Solutions, Inc. (which is still the basis for dispute resolution under ICANN),  the revision of the bankruptcy law to deal with the intersection between bankruptcy and intellectual property licenses, the open sourcing of the Solaris operating system for Sun Microsystems, Inc. and the development of the General Public License version 3.  He has served on the US Japan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council and was appointed by the Department of State to be the US Private Sector Co-Chair His experience covers a wide variety of industries from web to software (particularly open source) to cloud to semiconductors. His deep experience in both venture capital financing and intellectual property makes him particularly effective in assisting companies in developing and implementing innovation strategies.

In April 2009 (the first year of the award), he was recognized for his experience in assisting companies in intellectual property strategy by Intellectual Asset Management magazine as one of the World’s Leading 250 IP Strategists.  The National Law Journal in 1997 named him one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the United States.  He is consistently cited by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, as being in the first rank in California for IT and IT Outsourcing.  He has been listed in the “The Best Lawyers in America,” and as one of Northern California’s Top 100 intellectual property attorneys in “Super Lawyers.”  And he has been named as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in Who’s Who Legal publication.  In 1998, Harvard Law School designated him a “Distinguished Alumni”.  He has been quoted on intellectual property matters in Time Magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Examiner, San Jose Mercury News and the Daily Variety.  Mr. Radcliffe has published articles in such legal magazines as the National Law Journal, Trademark World, Computer Lawyer, California Law Business and Copyright World

Professional Memberships: American Bar Association, International Bar Association

Lewis is co-founder of DLx Law LLP, a brand-new law firm designed from the ground up for a new economy.  Together with co-founder Angela Angelovska-Wilson, Lewis and the DLx team have handled a broad range of matters involving the use of blockchain and distributed ledger technology, working with everyone from start-ups to major enterprises to governmental entities.  

Lewis is a passionate advocate for the beneficial changes blockchain technology can bring to the world but also a realist in terms of the many legal and regulatory challenges involved in getting there.

Lewis obtained his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1986.