Pamela D. Morgan, Esq.

Empowered Law PLLC, Chicago, IL

Pamela Morgan is an educator, entrepreneur, author, and attorney who has been working exclusively with bitcoin & open blockchains since early 2014. Morgan is a widely respected authority on multi-signature governance and legal innovation in digital currencies. She spends much of her time traveling the world training lawyers about these technologies through her company, Empowered Law. Her new book, Cryptoasset Inheritance Planning: A Simple Guide for Owners, will be available in the spring 2018.

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Barry F. Irwin

Irwin IP, Chicago, IL

Barry Irwin is the founder of Irwin IP. Barry has been litigating intellectual property and technology matters for twenty-five years. Barry began his legal career at a prestigious intellectual property boutique law firm. Three years later, Barry joined one of the largest, most successful general practice firms in the world where he practiced intellectual property litigation for 18 years, the last fourteen as a partner, and the last ten as an equity partner. In addition to his active litigation practice, Barry is an Adjunct Professor at Notre Dame Law School where he teaches both Patent Litigation and Advanced Copyright/Entertainment Law. Barry is also the Vice President of Lawyers for the Creative Arts. Barry is a two-time graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a J.D. (magna cum laude) and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering.

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Professor Xuan-Thao Nguyen

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN

Professor Xuan-Thao Nguyen is the Gerald L. Bepko Chair and Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Prof. Nguyen is an internationally known legal scholar renowned for her expertise in the intersections of Intellectual Property, Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy, Licensing, and Taxation. She recently co-authored the book, The Intellectual Property Holding Company: Tax Use and Abuse from Victoria's Secret to Apple, published last year by Cambridge University Press. Prof. Nguyen's law review articles have been cited by the Federal Circuit, the Third Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, federal district courts and state tax courts. She is a consultant for the World Bank/IFC on Secured Transactions in China, Vietnam, and the Mekong Region, has gained valuable insights through her practice years at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn, in NYC, and is also registered to practice with the USPTO. Prof. Nguyen is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., and Oberlin College, BA with triple majors in Biology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies.

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