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Protecting ideas is a cryptic concept — but an important one when it comes to intellectual property and product development. Without a doubt, protecting what is yours has only become harder since the advent of the Internet.

It is in this borderless, digital world where patents become difficult to enforce — and it is in this same world where a borderless, digital solution is required to protect what is rightfully yours.

Typical legal contracts come in PDF or paper form. This means they have to be intensively managed and enforced across borders. …


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The proper use of energy has never been more important to the future of the planet. This is why it beggars belief that many companies continue to produce smart devices with dumb discharge processes. For example, some internet-connected TVs draw 30 watts of power when used and 25 watts in standby. This may not mean too much for the individual consumer, but expand this to all devices and the energy waste is huge.

Put simply: people need to get smarter about the way they track and use energy–and fast. This is where blockchain, like in many other industries, is coming to disrupt the status quo with much-needed efficiencies. Blockchain in the energy sector proposes a host of possibilities with many experts noting “peer-to-peer energy trading” and “electric vehicle charging and sharing” to be the ones to watch in the next five years. …


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Public institutions need oversight. One only need look at the Odebrecht scandal or Panama Papers to see how national funds can be abused without proper checks and balances. This is one of the main reasons why blockchain is gaining ground as a way to transform governments into efficient, electronic entities that cannot be gamed.

The concept of e-government transforms the way public information is stored and received. The network establishes digital lines of communication between citizens and government to shape the delivery of services, elections, taxation and more. …


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With new features come new possibilities — and that’s exactly what non-fungible tokens bring to blockchain. Don’t let the somewhat strange name throw you off: Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are basically the opposite of cryptocurrencies like Ethereum and Bitcoin. Fungibility is an economics term, meaning that goods or currencies are interchangeable and indistinguishable. For example, one dollar holds the value of another dollar — and this holds true for Ethereum and Bitcoin. While the kings of cryptocurrency trading are interchangeable, the appeal of NFTs is that they are a special type of one-of-a-kind cryptographic code. …


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The gaming industry is broken. Like many creative industries, it is the creator who tends to lose out when big audiences and big dollars come into play. Getting a game from concept to code to completion takes many hours, but in the majority of instances, it takes even longer for game creators to actually receive payment for the work they do. Most game developers, for example, continue to wait up to six months to settle payment for their work. This is unacceptable and simply does not need to be so.

A system for gamers, by gamers, is the only way to rebalance this equation — and something ALAX strives for. The mobile platform, launched in May, has usability and convenience at the heart of its design. Developers have the opportunity to directly upload games onto the platform and collect payment from users as the game is purchased. …


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Let’s be honest, security tokens are likely the most anticipated application of blockchain technology right now. Much has been written about the incoming security token market and how it is poised to alter the stock market as we know it. So why the hype? And further, is it worthy of the hype?

The crashing and burning of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrency valuations in 2018 has shifted market attention to security tokens, with commentators making lofty expectations for the tokenization of stock. It works like this: Buying regular company stock means you own a stake in that business. Now, take this concept and expand it to any security — like art, property, bonds and more — and couple it with the ability to purchase just a fraction of the asset instead of the whole. …


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Desperate times call for desperate measures, and the creation of Venezuela’s very own cryptocurrency backed by oil certainly reeks of desperation. But who can blame the government of President Nicolas Maduro — who is overseeing one of the worst economic downturns of recent history — to go out on a limb with blockchain? Whether or not it works for the South American nation is the one million percent inflationary question.

Hyperinflation spells disaster for any country’s economy. One only needs to look at Zimbabwe at the turn of the millennia, or the downfall of Weimar Germany in the 1920s, to see the political ramifications of governments that spend money they do not have, and a populace that holds onto cash they cannot use. It is more than an economic collapse — it is concurrent with societal collapse. This is what is happening right now in Venezuela. …


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There’s a lot more to the fake goods market than knock-off shoes and sunglasses. Established black markets exist all over the world to peddle anything from counterfeit medicine to fraudulent vehicle parts and illicit blood diamonds. The truth is these fake, reproduced or illegitimate goods harm both the buyer and the seller, as neither consumer nor company benefit from faked goods and their inferior quality.

A lack of transparency on the supply chain allows trillions of dollars every year to flow into the hands of this global black market. However, the rapid rise of blockchain offers a solution. Blockchain has the ability to create seamless and instant transactions as well as verify the authenticity of any given object as it passes through numerous points along the supply chain. These blockchain breadcrumbs present a surefire way to confirm the good received is the same as the good sent. …


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I still remember the 1st bitcoin conference I ever attended, and it just so happened to be one I co-organized as well. It was a cold, rainy winter day in London — pretty much like any other winter night in London — the year was 2013, the date was November 30. There weren’t many blockchain conferences back then, and DECENT was just an idea.

How quickly time passes.

Conferences have changed a lot since then, as has the industry. But I honestly can say that DECENT, as a company, wouldn’t be where it is today without the evolution of conferences and events in the blockchain industry, and more importantly — the network of people you meet there. …


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I’ve been in the blockchain space for almost 8 years now, my anniversary is coming up. But most of you would be mistaken if you thought that the only space I pay attention to and learn from is blockchain. Yes, blockchain has its own community with its own jargon — and the people involved in our space can be seen as fanatics for better or worse — but I believe that every blockchain company should look beyond our industry to other success stories and do their best to emulate and learn from them.

One of the companies that I have personally admired a lot and have learned from is Apple. But not for the reasons you may think. …

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