What are NFTs and the IP Issues Surrounding Them?
Recorded On: 08/12/2021
NFTs—or non-fungible tokens—have seemingly come from out of nowhere and exploded on the Internet. Described as a "slam dunk in the world of sports," "shaking up the art world," and the "Music Biz's Wild West," NFTs are taking the world by storm.
Get up to speed and learn the basics behind the crypto economy and the legal issues that are quickly arising. Topics include cryptocurrency as the building block for NFTs; contracting with third-party platforms; intellectual property clearance, licensing, and enforcement; securities law; and environmental concerns.
Nerissa Coyle McGinn (Moderator)
Chief Diversity Partner; Co-Chair, Diversity Committee
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Nerissa Coyle McGinn’s practice focuses on matters involving the convergence of advertising and promotions, emerging media, technology, privacy and intellectual property law. She has particular experience advising on matters involving the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU).
Nerissa works with many of the best-known brands in the country, including H&R Block and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. and its confection brands. Embracing a business-minded approach, she helps clients develop new brand assets and assists them in promoting and advertising their brands and products.
Clients — including Turner Broadcasting and its programming properties, for which she handles trademark clearances for new shows, web properties, interstitials and sweepstakes — regularly turn to Nerissa for trademark counseling services.
In the advertising and promotions facetof her practice, she works with clients on sweepstakes review, copy review, andpromotion design and fulfillment, with an emphasis on internet and interactiveadvertising and promotions.
Her diverse roster of clients includesadvertising agencies, large corporations, and professional sports teamsincluding the New York Giants, the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit RedWings.
Nerissa serves as the firm’s firstchief diversity partner and co-chair of the Diversity Committee.
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Mercedes Kelley Tunstall is widely recognized as a legal leader in fintech and consumer financial services regulation and compliance. She regularly counsels clients regarding federal banking regulators and defends clients against enforcement actions taken by these regulators, particularly the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
As a former Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawyer and bank in-house counsel, Mercedes draws on her experience to work with companies in a wide variety of industries on advertising law, privacy and cybersecurity issues, as well as represent clients in FTC and National Advertising Division defense.
Mercedes takes pride in helping her clients, including banks, lenders, payments companies and fintechs, innovate by incorporating artificial intelligence, mobile payments, social media, cryptocurrency, and blockchain and distributed ledger technology into financial products and services.
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