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  • Oct 25, 2019Danielle DeFilippis to Present at Food Day 2019

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, will present “Pardon the Interruption: Branding & Advertising for Disruptive Food Trends” at Food Day 2019 hosted by NJBIZ and New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc., on Monday, November 4. Norris McLaughlin is a proud sponsor of the event.

    About Food Day

    The event will be held 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The Event Center at iPA in Freehold, and DeFilippis will speak 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Other discussion topics include business growth services, food safety compliance, workforce development, and cyber threat and security.

    “Disruptive food trends are the hot topic right now in the food industry, and it’s especially important to be cognizant of the law surrounding the advertisement and branding of the products. I’m excited to present this course to current and future industry leaders,” said DeFilippis.

    For more information and to register, click here.

    About Danielle DeFilippis

    DeFilippis focuses her practice on intellectual property, contracts, and litigation. Her passion for food and beverage brands began at a young age, as she watched her father service various food brands through his work for a sales and marketing company. As the products came through her household, DeFilippis learned about marketing and branding from a retail and manufacturing perspective. Her appetite grew, and she now enjoys working with emerging and established food and beverage companies on brand development, clearance, counseling through the various stages of growth, and when the need arises, prosecuting and defending litigation.

    DeFilippis is an author for Norris McLaughlin’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition blog, More Than Your MaⓇk™. She has been named to New Jersey Law Journal’s 2019 list of “New Jersey Trailblazers” for her efforts in the food and beverage industry in New Jersey and for expanding those efforts on a global scale.

    DeFilippis received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2004 and her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University in 2001.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin’s food, beverage, and hospitality attorneys tackle the wide array of legal issues facing the food manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers; food and beverage trade groups; breweries, distilleries, and wineries; restaurants, bars, hotels, conference centers, stadiums, and other public venues, including business planning, construction, corporate law, environmental concerns, immigration, intellectual property, labor and employment law, litigation, liquor law, real estate and finance, and tax counseling.

    Norris McLaughlin is a full-service, mid-sized regional law firm of 130+ attorneys with main offices in Bridgewater, NJ, New York, NY, and Allentown, PA. For more information, including a full practice area listing and attorney biographies, please visit www.norrismclaughlin.com.

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  • Oct 14, 2019Danielle DeFilippis and Andrew Linden to Discuss Cannabis Law in Food and Beverage Industry

    Danielle M. DeFilippis and Andrew D. Linden, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be panelists for a cannabis breakout session on Wednesday, October 16, at the ROI-NJ Food & Beverage Innovation Summit. The event will be at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    About the Presentation

    DeFilippis and Linden will be joined by Linda Gilbert, CEO of EcoFocus, for an industry frame of reference. DeFilippis will moderate the discussion and include her trademark perspective in the food and beverage industry, while Linden will speak on the regulatory and legal issues regarding CBD and discuss the current status of federal and state laws on these subjects. For more information and to register, visit the Eventbrite page.

    “We are excited to help food and beverage businesses understand the legal hurdles when it comes to the confusing world of cannabis,” said DeFilippis.

    Linden added, “We plan to explain how to identify ways to expand and prosper in the cannabis industry.”

    About the Presenters

    Danielle DeFilippis

    DeFilippis, Co-Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, focuses her practice on intellectual property, contracts, and litigation. Her passion for food and beverage brands began at a young age, as she watched her father service various food brands through his work for a sales and marketing company. As the products came through her household, DeFilippis learned about marketing and branding from a retail and manufacturing perspective. Her appetite grew, and she now enjoys working with emerging and established food and beverage companies on brand development, clearance, counseling through the various stages of growth, and when the need arises, prosecuting and defending litigation. DeFilippis is an author for Norris McLaughlin’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition blog, More Than Your MaⓇk™. She has been named to New Jersey Law Journal’s 2019 list of “New Jersey Trailblazers” for her efforts in the food and beverage industry in New Jersey and for expanding those efforts on a global scale. DeFilippis received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2004 and her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University in 2001.

    Andrew Linden

    Linden, Co-Chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law Practice Group, assists marijuana entrepreneurs, suppliers, growers, retailers, and investors to navigate complex statutory and regulatory schemes, including those related to permitting and licensing. These include initial applications, transfers, expansions, changes in ownership, and related disclosures, distribution, and general business operations such as sales, storage of product, and recordkeeping. He assists clients in all tiers of the distribution chain with compliance and business law issues. Linden also counsels alcoholic beverage manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers in all facets of their business. These include licensing and regulatory compliance, business formation, and product labeling. He has assisted craft breweries and distilleries with applications before the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and retailers with applications before the local municipality. Linden provides guidance in connection with TTB federal permitting laws, advises clients on federal and state labeling requirements and approval processes, and helps them navigate state distribution and beer franchise laws. He frequently writes for Norris McLaughlin’s liquor law blog, Legal Liquor, and cannabis law blog, Legally Grown. Linden attended Seton Hall University School of Law, where he received his J.D., cum laude, in 2007. He earned a B.S., with honors, from Lehigh University in 2004, majoring in Accounting and Marketing.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin’s food, beverage, and hospitality attorneys tackle the wide array of legal issues facing the food manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers; food and beverage trade groups; breweries, distilleries, and wineries; restaurants, bars, hotels, conference centers, stadiums, and other public venues, including business planning, construction, corporate law, environmental concerns, immigration, intellectual property, labor and employment law, litigation, liquor law, real estate and finance, and tax counseling.

    The cannabis law attorneys at Norris McLaughlin provide a full range of legal and consultation services in all areas of cannabis law for employers, health care professionals, entrepreneurs, suppliers, growers, retailers, and investors. This diverse group of attorneys navigates the complex and ever-changing laws and regulations governing the medical and recreational use of marijuana.

    Norris McLaughlin is a full service, mid-sized regional law firm of 130+ attorneys with main offices located in Bridgewater, NJ; New York, NY; and Allentown, PA. For more information, including a full practice area listing and attorney biographies, please visit www.norrismclaughlin.com.

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  • Sep 30, 2019NJBIZ Food Day 2019

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to sponsor and have Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of the firm and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, present at NJBIZ Food Day 2019.

    Danielle will present “Pardon the Interruption: Branding & Advertising for Disruptive Food Trends,” at 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., discussing the advertising trends of advances in food innovation and consistent growth of plant-based proteins and the challenges they may present.

    When: November 4, 2019

    8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda

    7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration/Networking, Continental Breakfast

    8:45 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Welcome remarks (NJBIZ, NJMEP, Calandra’s Bakery)

    9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Training A, B, Marketplace

    10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Training C, D, Marketplace

    11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – “Pardon the Interruption: Branding & Advertising for Disruptive Food Trends” led by Norris Mclaughlin, Marketplace

    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch, Marketplace

    1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Training B, D, Marketplace

    2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Training A, C, Marketplace

    3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Marketplace, Networking

     

    Where: The Event Center at iPA

    110 Schanck Road
    Freehold, New Jersey 07728

    For more information and to register, please click here.

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  • Sep 18, 2019Danielle DeFilippis to Present Webinar for International Food and Beverage Industry

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, will present a webinar, “A Legal and Commercial Overview of the F&B Industry in the U.S. and India,” with Raka Chakrawarti, Founder and CEO of Gourmet Delight; Harshita Gandhi, Founder and Managing Director of Tree of Life; and Mohit Kapoor, Co-Founder of law firm Universal Legal Advocates in India, on Tuesday, October 1.

    About the Presentation

    The webinar, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. EDT/6:30 – 7:30 p.m. IST, will explain food distribution in the United States and India, legal issues arising from cross-border food distribution, and include practical tips and insights. Kapoor will discuss the Indian food and beverage industry, food products, packaging and labeling, quality control, and cross-border food recall. DeFilippis will cover the food distribution process and leaders in the U.S., considerations before entering the U.S. market, cross-border legal issues, the significance of reviewing contractual arrangements, and themes. For more information and to register, please visit www.nmlegalevents.com.

    “I am excited to once again be able to talk about something I have been passionate about all my life: food and the law. It’s even better this time that I am joined by my friends and colleagues, and we look forward to this opportunity and, hopefully, more to come,” said DeFilippis.

    About the Presenters

    Raka Chakrawarti

    Started by Chakrawarti, who spent close to a decade in Indian Hotels, the love of quality ingredients and the joy of discovery of unique ingredients makes Gourmet Delight a food connoisseurs dream. A media and hospitality veteran, Chakrawarti has previously worked for a large media conglomerate and Indian Hotels, which operate the Taj Brand in India and abroad. Deeply passionate and curious about the art of hospitality, her stint with Indian Hotels had been close to a decade when she felt the need to start her own platform. She felt that the reach of quality food products to the consumer could be better if more choices are offered via a sustainable e-commerce model.

    By the time Chakrawarti’s venture Gourmet Delight took off, India had come a long way in food knowledge and the love of gourmet food via the Michelin star chefs and restaurants and all the international food formats coming home to India and Indian formats opening to packed audiences abroad.

    Gourmet Delight celebrates the love for best in the class food International products as well as all that is famous in India – from the spices to artisan cheese to organic Indian food – and has garnered some accolades in its journey. Gourmet Delight was one of the startups selected to meet Sunder Pichai in Delhi in January 2017 and the first runner-up in the India Retail Leadership Summit Award 2018.

    Chakrawarti is a Literature graduate from Delhi University and an MBA from BIT Mesra.

    Danielle DeFilippis

    DeFilippis focuses her practice on intellectual property, contracts, and litigation. She regularly serves as lead counsel in cases before federal and state courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and alternative resolution forums. She has handled cases involving trademark and copyright infringement, false advertising, commercial disparagement, business torts, deceptive trade practices, Lanham Act claims, state and federal unfair competition laws, and other business disputes. DeFilippis is an author for Norris McLaughlin’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition blog, More Than Your Ma®kTM.

    DeFilippis has represented clients in a variety of industries, most notably, food and beverage, liquor, jewelry, cosmetics, sports, and entertainment. She enjoys working with both emerging and established food and beverage companies on brand development, clearance, counseling through the various stages of growth, and when the need arises, prosecuting and defending litigation. DeFilippis has been named to New Jersey Law Journal’s 2019 list of “New Jersey Trailblazers” for her efforts in the food and beverage industry in New Jersey and for expanding those efforts on a global scale.

    DeFilippis received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2004 and her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University in 2001.

    Harshita Gandhi

    Gandhi is a professional with over 30 years of experience across the fields of hospitality, retail, sales, distribution, and marketing.

    Based now in Mumbai after over a decade in the U.S., Gandhi is the founder and Managing Director of Tree of Life, India’s Largest and one-of-kind sales, marketing, and distribution company with a presence in 45 cities. Tree of Life is the exclusive distribution partner for international and domestic brands in the FMCG industry with a specialized focus on packaged food and beverages. Their multi-channel approach and focus on last-mile execution puts them way ahead of the pack and the choice of ambitious brands that see the Indian consumer as a strategic target.

    Tree of Life represents companies like the Hain Celestial Group (U.S.), Premier Foods (U.K.), Hive & Wellness (Australia), and many others.

    Mohit Kapoor

    Kapoor is qualified in two jurisdictions, as a Solicitor, Supreme Court of England & Wales (NP), and as an Advocate in India. He has over 20 years of experience.

    Kapoor has advised Indian and International corporations on general business law matters, private equity transactions, outbound global investments by Indian companies, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, business combinations, corporate restructurings, dispute resolution, real estate, hospitality, intellectual property, private trusts, and estate-related matters.

    Kapoor has deep relationships with domestic and international tax, accountancy, consultants, and law firms across the world to assist his clients in their global business.

    Prior to establishing Universal Legal, Kapoor worked with leading law firms and corporations in London and Mumbai, and with a former Additional Solicitor General of India in New Delhi.

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  • Sep 13, 2019Danielle DeFilippis and James Major to Speak on Liquor and Cannabis IP Issues

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, and James R. Major, D.Phil., an Associate of the firm, will co-present “IP Issues in the Liquor and Cannabis Industries” with Max Bookman, Attorney at Pesetsky & Bookman, and Stephen Konigsberg, General Counsel of Tikun Olam.

    About the Presentation

    The presentation, hosted by the Cardozo Intellectual Property Law Society, will be held Monday, September 16, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., at Reservoir Bar in New York City. The panel discussions will be followed by a happy hour networking opportunity. One professional practice CLE credit is available to participants. For more information and to register, visit the Eventbrite page.

    “This is a really important, and often confusing, topic for many in this industry. We are excited to join this panel and contribute our thoughts on the changing legal landscape,” said DeFilippis. Major added, “Branding is critical in the cannabis and liquor space in view of the amount of composition among brands. We’re happy to have been invited to discuss these important issues.”

    About the Presenters

    Danielle M. DeFilippis

    DeFilippis focuses her practice on intellectual property, contracts, and litigation. She regularly serves as lead counsel in cases before federal and state courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and alternative resolution forums. She has handled cases involving trademark and copyright infringement, false advertising, commercial disparagement, business torts, deceptive trade practices, Lanham Act claims, state and federal unfair competition laws, and other business disputes. DeFilippis is an author for Norris McLaughlin’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition blog, More Than Your Ma®kTM

    DeFilippis has represented clients in a variety of industries, most notably, food and beverage, liquor, jewelry, cosmetics, sports, and entertainment. She enjoys working with both emerging and established food and beverage companies on brand development, clearance, counseling through the various stages of growth, and when the need arises, prosecuting and defending litigation. DeFilippis has been named to New Jersey Law Journal’s 2019 list of “New Jersey Trailblazers” for her efforts in the food and beverage industry in New Jersey and for expanding those efforts on a global scale.

    DeFilippis received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2004 and her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University in 2001.

    James R. Major, D.Phil.

    Major dedicates his practice to U.S. and foreign patent and trademark matters. His doctorate in immunology and virology and over 10 years’ legal experience enable him to understand the patentability of new technologies, as well as the science and data required to secure and expand patent protection in light of new statutory subject matter requirements. Major is highly experienced in rendering patentability, landscape, freedom-to-operate, and invalidity opinions, particularly in the field of biologics. He also has patent and trademark litigation experience.

    Major has extensive experience in successfully prosecuting patents for genetically-modified plants, chemical formulations, and beverages. He has also published on patent and cannabis-related matters. Recently, Major was part of a team that submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in connection with state sovereign immunity for patent and copyright matters. He assists players in the emerging cannabis industry in the evaluation and securing of patents.

    Major received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2011 from New York Law School, where he was on the Dean’s List and was a candidate for the Trustees’ Prize for the highest average in the Evening Division. He was also Staff Editor of the New York Law School Law Review, a John Marshall Harlan Scholar, and a member of the Institute for Information Law and Policy. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 2003 and his B.A. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1996.

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  • Sep 11, 2019A Legal and Commercial Overview of the F&B Industry in the U.S. and India

    — ATTENTION: This date has been updated! —

    Are you thinking about distributing a food product in India or the U.S.? Do your food clients have cross-border interests that include India or the U.S.?

    This webinar presented by Raka Chakrawarti, Founder and CEO of Gourmet Delight; Danielle DeFilippis, Co-Chair of the Norris McLaughlin Intellectual Property Law Practice Group; Harshita Gandhi, Founder and Managing Director of Tree of Life; and Mohit Kapoor, Co-Founder of Universal Legal Advocates, will explain food distribution in the U.S. and India, legal issues arising from cross-border food distribution, and include practical tips and insights. Discussion topics include:

    • Indian Food and Beverage Industry
    • Food Products
    • Packaging and Labeling
    • Quality Control
    • Cross-Border Food Recall
    • Food Distribution in the U.S.
    • Distribution Leaders in the U.S.
    • Considerations Before Entering the U.S. Market
    • Cross-Border Legal Issues
    • Significance of Review of Contractual Arrangements
    • Themes

    When: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

    9:00 – 10:00 a.m. EDT

    6:30 – 7:30 p.m. IST

    Where: Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 838 658 566

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    About the Presenters

    Raka Chakrawarti

    Started by Chakrawarti, who spent close to a decade in Indian Hotels, the love of quality ingredients and the joy of discovery of unique ingredients makes Gourmet Delight a food connoisseurs dream. A media and hospitality veteran, Chakrawarti has previously worked for a large media conglomerate and Indian Hotels, which operate the Taj Brand in India and abroad. Deeply passionate and curious about the art of hospitality, her stint with Indian Hotels had been close to a decade when she felt the need to start her own platform. She felt that the reach of quality food products to the consumer could be better if more choices are offered via a sustainable e-commerce model.

    By the time Chakrawarti’s venture Gourmet Delight took off, India had come a long way in food knowledge and the love of gourmet food via the Michelin star chefs and restaurants and all the international food formats coming home to India and Indian formats opening to packed audiences abroad.

    Gourmet Delight celebrates the love for best in the class food International products as well as all that is famous in India – from the spices to artisan cheese to organic Indian food – and has garnered some accolades in its journey. Gourmet Delight was one of the startups selected to meet Sunder Pichai in Delhi in January 2017 and the first runner-up in the India Retail Leadership Summit Award 2018.

    Danielle DeFilippis

    DeFilippis focuses her practice on intellectual property, contracts, and litigation. She regularly serves as lead counsel in cases before federal and state courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and alternative resolution forums. She has handled cases involving trademark and copyright infringement, false advertising, commercial disparagement, business torts, deceptive trade practices, Lanham Act claims, state and federal unfair competition laws, and other business disputes. DeFilippis is an author for Norris McLaughlin’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition blog, More Than Your Ma®kTM.

    DeFilippis has represented clients in a variety of industries, most notably, food and beverage, liquor, jewelry, cosmetics, sports, and entertainment. She enjoys working with both emerging and established food and beverage companies on brand development, clearance, counseling through the various stages of growth, and when the need arises, prosecuting and defending litigation. DeFilippis has been named to New Jersey Law Journal’s 2019 list of “New Jersey Trailblazers” for her efforts in the food and beverage industry in New Jersey and for expanding those efforts on a global scale.

    Harshita Gandhi

    Gandhi is a professional with over 30 years of experience across the fields of hospitality, retail, sales, distribution, and marketing.

    Based now in Mumbai after over a decade in the U.S., Gandhi is the founder and Managing Director of Tree of Life, India’s Largest and one-of-kind sales, marketing, and distribution company with a presence in 45 cities. Tree of Life is the exclusive distribution partner for international and domestic brands in the FMCG industry with a specialized focus on packaged food and beverages. Their multi-channel approach and focus on last-mile execution puts them way ahead of the pack and the choice of ambitious brands that see the Indian consumer as a strategic target.

    Tree of Life represents companies like the Hain Celestial Group (U.S.), Premier Foods (U.K.), Hive & Wellness (Australia), and many others.

    Mohit Kapoor

    Kapoor is qualified in two jurisdictions, as a Solicitor, Supreme Court of England & Wales (NP), and as an Advocate in India. He has over 20 years of experience.

    Kapoor has advised Indian and International corporations on general business law matters, private equity transactions, outbound global investments by Indian companies, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, business combinations, corporate restructurings, dispute resolution, real estate, hospitality, intellectual property, private trusts, and estate-related matters.

    Kapoor has deep relationships with domestic and international tax, accountancy, consultants, and law firms across the world to assist his clients in their global business.

    Prior to establishing Universal Legal, Kapoor worked with leading law firms and corporations in London and Mumbai, and with a former Additional Solicitor General of India in New Delhi.

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