In recent months notable investors, wealth managers, and banks have begun to explore (if they were not already invested in) bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Many banks are beginning to offer cryptocurrency investment options to high net worth individuals, and there are multiple bitcoin exchange traded fund applications pending with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

If

As digital assets, and cryptocurrencies specifically, have continued to gain worldwide popularity, you might be wondering whether you can pursue opportunities within the industry. The answer in large part depends on what type of involvement you seek to achieve, and where you plan on pursuing such opportunity. For convenience and ease of use, attached here

Walmart’s U.S. patent application involving blockchain technology is one of many blockchain-based patent applications that have been filed by large companies smitten with blockchain technology.  Published May 17, 2018, but filed November 16, 2017, the application is based on a provisional patent filing in November 2016.  In its application, Walmart seeks to patent a blockchain-based

On June 14, 2018, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance Director, William Hinman, gave a speech titled “Digital Asset Transactions: When Howey Met Gary (Plastic).”  This speech provides additional insight into the SEC’s view as to whether cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (“ICOs”) are securities.  Here is a summary:

In his speech, Hinman

The first two weeks in March 2018 have seen a number of developments with respect to the regulation of cryptocurrencies in the United States.

Regulation of Online Cryptocurrency Trading Platforms

On March 7, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a release addressing the regulation of online trading platforms (or exchanges) on which investors