In a fruitful discussion at the 4th Blockchain Roundtable held at the Deutscher Bundestag, key figures from the legal and tech worlds came together, discussing “Code is Law? Adapting Our Legal System to Smart Contracts and Legal Tech”. The event, featuring Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann and Member of Parliament Frank Schäffler, delved into how the German legal system can adapt to the rapidly evolving landscape of technology.

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On behalf of the Max Planck Gesellschaft and the bloxberg Association for the Advancement of Science and Blockchain, MPDL’s Sandra Vengadasalam took part in the discussion.

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The roundtable was not just a high-level theoretical debate but also addressed practical concerns, particularly those of the bloxberg Association and the DeSci (Decentralized Science) community. Amongst the topics discussed were the bloxberg timestamps, also known as Research Object Certificates, and their legal standing in Germany, especially in the context of intellectual property (IP) protection.

The good news is that the German civil code (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch, BGB) apparently is well-equipped to accommodate such innovative tools, suggesting that bloxberg certificates could play a crucial role in resolving IP disputes. This is a significant step forward for researchers and innovators looking for reliable ways to protect their work.

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