Blockchain-Related Patents On Exponential Rise, Lawyer Says. Targets? China, US, UK12/01/2018 by Catherine Saez, Intellectual Property Watch 1 CommentPatent applications related to blockchain technology are rising at exponential rate, according to a presentation given yesterday by a partner at United States law firm Rimon. Inventors are seeking intellectual property protection, bringing challenges into the blockchain ecosystem, such as infringement and patent trolls. He called for industry collaboration on IP, and the possibility of patent pools.