Property or Not: Crypto and Digital Assets as Protectable Assets?

June 14, 2023 12:30pm

Charlotte Bhania
PCB Byrne LLP (UK)

Sarah Murray
Stevens & Bolton LLP (UK)

Abraham Vergis
Managing Director
Providence Law Asia (Singapore)

NFTs are the next big thing in the world of digital assets, but they are not globally accepted as a distinct form of legal property. Several jurisdictions have recently held that NFTs are protectable digital assets and a form of legal property, while others are still grappling with the issue of NFT property rights. Join us in this session as our experts share several different perspectives and recent case law decisions in this growing area by discussing:

  • “Person Unknown” injunctions and asset freezing orders
  • Legitimate claims to exclusivity
  • Assessing and verifying ownership and methods for accurately tracing NFT transactions
  • Exclusive possession or control
  • Accompanying rights that owners can assert in court and recognition as collateral
  • Exclusion of ownership claims
  • Possessory interests and intellectual property protections for the underlying asset