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Commercialization of Federally Protected IP & other Assets on the Blockchain

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Cynthia M. Gayton and Jeff “DJ J Scrilla” Clarkin will discuss commercialization of IP and other assets on the blockchain. How can federally protected intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks) as well as other “assets” be leveraged for commercial purposes to enable artists and other creatives to manage their rights in their works?

From understanding basic contracting principles to intellectual property, the presenters will lead the audience from concepts to real world applications. Attendees will be introduced to bitcoin, smart contracts, assets, and distributed ledger technology.


About the Speakers:

Cynthia M. Gayton, Esq. holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a Juris Doctor degree from George Mason University School of Law. Cynthia is a member of both the State Bar of Virginia and the District of Columbia Bar. She is the owner of Gayton Law (, in Arlington, Virginia which concentrates on small business formation, intellectual property, information technology, and business transactions/contracts. In addition, Ms. Gayton is a Professorial Lecturer in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at The George Washington University where she has taught since 2003. She has worked for the federal government, in the private sector and for non-profit organizations. Ms. Gayton is the author of Legal Aspects of Engineering, Design and Innovation to be published by Kendall-Hunt in 2017. She has written three articles on smart contracts and blockchain: “Marriage in Ethereum (” (June 24, 2016), “Smart Contracts, Cryptocurrency and Taxes (” (July 16, 2016) and “Innovators and Regulators Meet to Discuss Blockchain in DC (” (August 11, 2016).

Jeff “DJ J Scrilla” Clarkin is a modern day independent renaissance man. He’s been a critically acclaimed producer (, mixtape deejay (, illustrator (, video director (, A&R (, artist manager (, writer ( and even a podcast host. Mostly known as a veteran DJ/Producer with 20 years experience in the independent hip hop industry, he started in 1996 (as DJ Hi-C) as a mixtape and club deejay. He began his string of production credits in 2001 ( and since has developed a long discography which boasts hall of fame rappers Killer Mike (,Raekwon (, Smif N Wessun ( and 100s more. In 2004, his production group Guns-N-Butter was formed and made history by releasing one of the first producer-based mixtapes ( His boutique indie label, Inner Loop Records, which he helped create in 2006, went on to establish the DMV scene ( and was one of a few collectives in the area that went worldwide in indie rap ( He was nominated for Producer Of The Year ( for 4 straight years by his peers from[masked] and put out a string of records during that time that eared him praises ( on top blogs, magazine articles and more. He is also credited with throwing the very first live beat battle ( in 2001 as a college student in DC at the Metro Café. Scrilla (sometimes going by Scrilla Ventura,) has been flexing his illustrations as of late and has designed a number of album covers ( and block chain assets in the form of trading cards ( Since throwing his hat in the bitcoin space, Scrilla has written a few articles ( on bitcoin and alt-coins and was interviewed for about alt-coins here (