Blockchain is one key technology that will dominate the economy in the near
future. China, Japan and South Korea protect their blockchain innovations with
patents. By the time German players wake up, the field will have been staked out.
Applications can be bought, but others will have the control and the earnings. The
private sector and government in Germany should drop their skeptical attitude,
invest in research and test practical applications, argues Finn Mayer-Kuckuk.