Leveraging the world's knowledge with blockchain technology

Knowledge Associates International Ltd, based in Cambridge UK, and Bernstein Technologies GmbH, based in Munich, Germany, have formed a partnership to combine their expertise to uniquely offer individuals, teams and entire organizations better ways to manage their knowledge assets / intellectual property portfolios using blockchain technologies.

Over the years, Knowledge Associates have developed much knowledge and expertise to identify, manage, develop and apply valuable intangible knowledge assets to achieve strategic organizational objectives. Furthermore, with the recent introduction of ISO Global Standards for asset management, quality management and, expected in 2018, a Global ISO knowledge management Standard, effective implementation methods and tools have been embedded in a distributed KNOW-LEDGER Platform, hosted by Google Global Cloud Services. 

Says Ron Young, CEO Knowledge Associates: "We are very excited because, for many years, we have been concerned that the instruments developed from an Industrial Economy mindset, to protect intellectual property, like patents and copyrights etc, have been inadequate for a dynamic, fast to market, distributed, and innovative global Knowledge Economy. Well managed knowledge assets are the currency for future wealth. The knowledge and technologies from Bernstein, uniquely combined with ours, provide the much-needed knowledge protection and management instruments, with immutable audit trails and enforceable measurements".

The enhanced service to manage knowledge assets and intellectual property through the blockchain will be available to interested parties in December/January 2018 to trial and fully launched at the International Conference on Knowledge Asset Management at Kings College, Cambridge, UK on 17/18th April 2018.

Max Planck Digital Library partners with Bernstein to register scientific achievements on the blockchain

Bernstein and the Max Planck Digital Library believe the blockchain and other decentralized technologies will have a strong impact on the way knowledge will be registered and shared in the future to the benefits of science, art, innovation and society.

On this shared belief, the two organizations agreed to run a project that will grant scientists of selected Max Planck institutes access to the Bernstein web application. Participants will be able to register their scientific achievements on the Bitcoin blockchain and complement these blockchain certificates with digital timestamps issued by European Union and Chinese authorities. 

The present collaboration may evolve in multiple directions, including the design and implementation of a defensive publishing service combining blockchain certificates and IPFS decentralized data storage. This unique disclosure service will efficiently establish prior art proving both the time of the disclosure and the location of the now publicly available IP asset.

Bernstein and UniTrust partnership for IP protection in China

China is quickly becoming a global leader in intellectual property protection and enforcement. In 2015 China’s courts accepted 109,386 civil IP cases, +6% over previous year, compared to a total of 14,500 IP-related litigations in the USA. And since 2014, new specialized IP courts have been opened in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. More recently statutory damages for copyright and trademark infringements have been increased five-fold, up to 5 million RMB.

China as the land of copycats is definitely a dead stereotype.

In this rapidly changing scenario, Bernstein is proud to announce a partnership with UniTrust, the only official Chinese timestamping authority. Bernstein users will be able to secure their IP assets with an official Chinese timestamp along with certificates leveraging the most open and decentralized public registry: the Bitcoin blockchain.

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Bernstein and UniTrust will explore a commercial partnership to bring Bernstein solutions for intellectual property protection to the Chinese market. A Chinese version of Bernstein web application will be developed to serve companies, universities and research institutions.

Bernstein will introduce to China a unique way of creating digital records for IP assets on multiple registration platforms, both decentralized and centralized. Moreover, IP assets will remain perfectly private, never shared with any third party, and conveniently accessible in an encrypted data repository.

Bernstein wins the Burda Bootcamp competition


Bernstein is the proud winner of Burda Bootcamp conference and startup competition. 

The main prize consists of the four-month mentoring program, including office space at Burda Bootcamp, as well as tickets for the Cologne Startup-Con conference and a stand.

Bernstein.io now available in Chinese

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After having translated Bernstein into the team's respective native languages English, German, French and Italian, we are proud to announce the website is now available in Chinese

China has long grown out of its purely manufacturing role and has become a leading country in research and innovation, making it one of the most promising target markets for Bernstein blockchain-based solutions for protecting intellectual property assets. Accordingly, the translation represents the first step in our Asian expansion.

Huge thanks go out to Yuan Li, a graduate of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, who took the responsibility of the Chinese translation and delivered in a record time.

Speaking of which: if anyone wants to help us out with translations, we need help for Japanese and Korean. Just join Bernstein translation projects on POeditor

The future of IP according to Dennmeyer

Dennemeyer, a global IP law firm, recently released a 60+ pages study on the future of intellectual property. Blockchain based solutions play a major roles in the report and the final recommendations to companies are really in line with Bernstein vision:

23. Together with partners, create a blockchain-based alternative for conventional IPR that is quicker, more transparent, impossible to manipulate, and works without middlemen.

27. Do not view new protective mechanisms based on technologies such as blockchain as a threat, but as an opportunity. Be a pioneer of a digitalized IP management. The significance of blockchain technology will not be decreased if blockchain options are not included in the legislation – in that case legislators would simply sever themselves from real developments.

Below you will find a portion of the study. You may request the complete version from the Dennemeyer blog. Kudos also for releasing it with a Creative Commons BYNC-SA license. 

Legal acceptance of blockchain records

Jean-Maxime Riviere (TUM School of Management at Technische Universität München), has been investigating the legal acceptance of blockchain records around the world for several months. The result of this work is now available in his bachelor thesis. Below is a preview, but you may download the full version as well.

Legislators in many countries are pushing forward several initiatives to acknowledge evidences and records based on distributed ledger technologies. This is quite surprising given the novelty of the blockchain, but there is a very simple explanation: governments and public bodies are themselves extremely interested in deploying blockchain-based solutions to manage all kind of public registries: from lands to companies, from healthcare to identity.