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WIB-Chicago Presents: "Women In Blockchain"
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When: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST
Where: Perkins Coie LLP
131 S. Dearborn, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL  60603
United States
Contact: WIB-Chicago

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Heard the buzz about blockchain, but still not sure what it is, or why it’s a big deal? WIB-Chicago is pleased to join ChiWIP in hosting this FREE programming on the fundamentals of distributed ledger technologies, how these technologies can be implemented to revolutionize business transactions, and IP implications and issues in the blockchain space.

To set the stage, we’ll provide a blockchain 101 presentation, followed by a lively discussion on protecting and enforcing intellectual property owned by companies using distributed ledger technology. Topics covered will include statistics on blockchain patents and trademarks, intellectual property issues related to blockchain, and suggested best practices. We will also hear about the challenges of starting and running a blockchain company from serial techpreneur and co-founder of, Dima Elissa, former WIB-Chicago chapter chair.


Blockchain 101:

Jennifer O’Rourke – Attest (Digital Identity and Chicago Blockchain Center)

Emily Selck – HUB international (Cyber Security)


IP issues associated with blockchain:

Laurie Rasmussen – Perkins Coie LLP (Patents in the Blockchain and Fintech space)

Patchen Haggerty – Perkins Coie LLP (Trademark enforcement)


Fireside Chat:

Dima Elissa –

Jennifer O’Rourke – Attest (Digital Identity and Chicago Blockchain Center)




Walk-Ins Accepted?

Walk-ins are not accepted – be sure to register early!



4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.        Registration

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.        Blockchain 101

5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.        Women in IP/Blockchain

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.        Networking reception


Pricing Information

Members: Free

Non-Members: Free

*Register here.


Registration Deadline

November 12, 2018