USPTO and U.S. Copyright Office request public comments and announce public roundtables for joint study on NFTs and IP

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the U.S. Copyright Office are conducting a joint study regarding the impacts of non-fungible token (NFT) technologies on intellectual property (IP) rights, law, and policy. The agencies have issued a Federal Register Notice (FRN) requesting written public comments on these issues. The FRN also announces that there will be three public roundtables scheduled for January 2023, and provides instructions for how interested parties can request to participate as panelists on these roundtables.

This joint study is being conducted pursuant to the agencies’ ongoing work to analyze the impacts of NFT technologies on IP rights, law, and policy and pursuant to a request from the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on IP. The FRN seeks public input from all interested parties to inform the study, including those from the IP and technology industries and academia.

Read the full text of the notice.