Roundtable: Patents and non-fungible tokens

Joint study on intellectual property rights and non-fungible tokens

This program is the first in a series of three virtual roundtables looking at intellectual property (IP) law and policy issues associated with non-fungible tokens (NFTs). It will focus on patents and NFTs, providing panelists—including technologists, patent owners and practitioners, academics, and industry representatives—with an opportunity to share their knowledge and inform a joint study conducted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the United States Copyright Office. This study continues the two offices’ ongoing work to explore emerging technologies and their implications for IP rights, and it responds to a request from the Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property.

Related roundtables will be held on January 24, 2023, on trademarks and NFTs, and on January 31, 2023, on copyright and NFTs (view agenda [PDF]).

You can submit a request to be a panelist on this program (separate from registering to view the program) to The deadline for receipt of a request to be a panelist is December 21, 2022.

This roundtable will be recorded and made available for later viewing online. To learn more about the other programs in this series, visit the USPTO website.

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Additional information

For more information about this program, contact Lakeshia Harley in the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs.

For additional information about the joint USPTO-Copyright Office study on IP law and policy issues associated with NFTs, including the Federal Register Notice of November 23, 2022, seeking public comment on a range of IP issues and topics associated with NFTs, visit the USPTO website.

This virtual program is hosted by the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA). The office advises the administration and other federal government departments and agencies on domestic and international IP legal and policy issues. It also provides technical assistance and training on IP-related matters to U.S. stakeholders and both U.S. and foreign government officials.


If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request to the contact information listed above.

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