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Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) – From Unknown to Action: What You Need to Know

12:25      Welcome and Introductions

12:30      Introduction to Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)

JoAnn Holmes, Holmes@Law, Lawrenceville, GA

What are NFTs? How do they intersect with traditional intellectual property? And what should lawyers and creators know about NFT commercialization? Learn how to license NFTs, navigate their popular marketplaces, and gather practical tips to advise clients in this nascent Web3 digital asset industry.

2:00        Break

2:10        Legal Issues With NFTs

James G. Gatto, Sheppard Mullin, Washington, DC

This session identifies and provides practical guidance around legal issues with NFTs. It focuses on the IP enforcement issues, pending lawsuits and legal disputes involving NFTs and how to avoid them, regulatory issues with NFTs (including fractionalization, securities, money laundering, sanctions and gambling), and the applicability of NFTs to games and metaverses.

3:40        Adjourn


Starting with the basics, this program walks you through what an NFT is and how it works, all the way to common legal issues to consider and potential impacts to your clients.


  • Christy A. Coates

    Christy A. Coates is a trademark attorney with Chestek Legal in Raleigh. She has experience in the entertainment and music industries, customer service, operations management and touring. Her focus is on entertainment law and intellectual property law including trademark, copyrights, licensing, media law and contracts.

    Christy also works as a Production Assistant with CID Entertainment working for multiple tours with acts that include Eric Church, The Kings of Leon, Alternative Press Music Awards, Dirks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Kenney Chesney.

    Christy is current council member and former chair of the NCBA Sports and Entertainment Section. She's also on the NCBA Women in the Profession Committee.

    Christy earned her B.A. in Marketing and Management from Lenoir-Rhyne University and her J.D. from University of North Carolina School of Law.

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  • JoAnn Holmes

    JoAnn Holmes is a digital assets & intellectual property licensing attorney, outside general counsel and advisor at Holmes@Law in Lawrenceville, GA. She serves innovative companies with national and global reach who create brands, NFTs and tokens, license Web3 assets and software, and distribute content to Fortune 500 enterprises, strategic partners, and in the metaverse. The diverse industries she serves include blockchain tech, SaaS, data intelligence, the arts, finance, consulting and professional services, healthcare, manufacturing, food and beverages.

    Prior to starting Holmes@Law, JoAnn was Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at KIK Custom Products in Atlanta where she served on the executive leadership team and oversaw global IP portfolios in 68 countries. She managed all legal functions for Bio-Lab Inc. business units in Canada, Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to that, she served as Associate General Counsel and Senor Director, Global IP for Cott Beverages also in Atlanta.

    JoAnn earned her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. from Emory Univeristy School of Law.

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  • James G. Gatto

    James G. Gatto is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Sheppard Mullin in Washington, DC. He is leader of the Blockchain & Fintech Team, Social Media and Games Team and Open Source Team.

    For more than 30 years James has been a thought leader and has provided strategic advice on all aspects of intellectual property and technology law, especially ones driven by new business models and/or disruptive technologies. His practice focuses on blockchain (including blockchain games, cryptocurrency/NFTs); interactive entertainment (metaverses, virtual worlds, games, AR, VR, fantasy sports, esports); digital art, AI and online gambling. He advises clients on IP strategies, development and publishing agreements, licensing and technology transaction agreements and tech regulatory issues (securities, gambling, AML).

    James has been involved with blockchain since 2012 and has been recognized as a thought leader by leading organizations including Best Lawyers in America 2021-2022; Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Fintech Trailblazer, The National Law Journal, 2018; and Thought Leader on Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies, National Law Review, 2018.

    James earned his B.E. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Physics from Manhattan College and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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June 3, 2022
Fri 12:25 PM EDT

Duration 3H 15M

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