Marta Belcher is an attorney in Ropes & Gray‘s globally recognized intellectual property litigation and data practice groups, and a leader in the area of blockchain law. She represents companies, industry associations, and civil liberties organizations in matters related to blockchain and public policy. She has spoken about blockchain law around the world, including presenting twice during the World Economic Forum in Davos, testifying before the New York Senate, and speaking in both the European Parliament and the U.S. Congress. Marta serves as outside general counsel for one of the largest blockchain projects, defended one of the first patent litigations against a blockchain company, and was recognized by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer awards for her pioneering work on the first blockchain-transferable software license.
As the author of “Hacking the Patent System: A Guide to Alternative Licensing Options for Innovators,” a comprehensive guide to patent aggregators and patent pledges, Marta advises clients and speaks frequently on the topic of defensive patent licensing strategy.
Marta has experience working on complex copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, false advertising, and privacy matters in the Supreme Court, federal appeals courts, and federal district courts, as well as proceedings in the International Trade Commission, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the World Intellectual Property Association.
Marta’s pro bono clients include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy & Technology, the National Consumers’ League, New America’s Open Technology Institute, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.
During law school, Marta interned for Apple’s intellectual property & licensing team and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Marta has been named The Huffington Post’s “Greatest Person of the Day” for her work as the director of a nonprofit, and was featured in Forbes for her Stanford Law School graduation speech.