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  • Sep 15, 2020Danielle DeFilippis and Mike Locke Present Makerhoods First $100k Bootcamp

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, and Michael J. Locke, an Associate of the firm, recently presented a virtual course to 20 attendees as part of the “First $100k Bootcamp” program hosted by Makerhoods.

    “One of the best parts of my job is helping others succeed. I truly enjoy watching entrepreneurs grow their businesses, and to be a part of that brings joy to what I do,” said DeFilippis.

    Locke added, “It’s an honor to be able to stand in front of these ambitious individuals and help them build their futures.”

    About the Makerhoods First $100k Bootcamp

    DeFilippis addressed selecting, clearing, and protecting a brand through trademark law, while Locke spoke on entity formation, the logistics of expanding a business into new states and countries, and how small businesses can use contracts to their advantage.

    Makerhoods in Newark is a unique and original project including restoration of the historic Krueger-Scott Mansion and new construction to support local makers. Its aim is to help small businesses succeed by providing an apartment, commercial space, and business development services for a low monthly fee. The Makerhoods “First $100k Bootcamp” is a free, 10-week, online business training program for product-based businesses on how to grow a business to $100,000 in sales.

    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 recognized by NJBIZ in its “Manufacturing Power 50” list and 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 Mike Locke

    Locke focuses on providing counsel to small businesses in all phases of their corporate existence, from formation through merger and acquisition. He works closely with clients as they grow and expand their businesses, offering advice and legal guidance in connection with customer and supplier agreements, terms and conditions of use (for both physical and digital products), inter-business relationships (including joint ventures), export regulations, securities regulations, litigation support, and more.

    Locke is especially focused on working with businesses that seek to bridge the gap between commercial success and environmental or social responsibility. He has counseled clients in forming “benefit corporations” (also known as “B-corps”) and drafting corporate governing documents for those seeking to maximize profitability and have a positive effect on their communities while minimizing their own environmental impacts. Locke also has experience assisting larger corporations to conduct cross-border transactions, including the international purchase and sale of goods as well as the international purchase and sale of assets and equity.

    Locke earned his J.D. in 2013, cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School, and his B.A. in 2010, magna cum laude, from Rutgers University.

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  • May 01, 2020Bouncing Back to Business: Insights and Ideas for Food Entrepreneurs

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, will be a panelist for the free, virtual town hall roundtable event, “Bouncing Back to Business: Insights and Ideas for Food Entrepreneurs,” hosted by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station’s Food Innovation Center of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

    About the Food Entrepreneurs Town Hall

    The content provided is meant to help businesses best prepare as we emerge out of the current business climate and protocol caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Discussion topics will include:

    • Resetting your food business
    • Changing your business strategy
    • Investing in your resources
    • Preparing for the future

    Danielle will also be joined by:

    • Diane Holtaway, Associate Director of Marketing and Business Development at the Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
    • John Lawson, Senior Regional Grocery Buyer at Whole Foods Market
    • Timothy Rankins, Tax Senior Manager at Eisner Amper LLP
    • Guy Salisch, Chief Financial Officer and Food Service Consultant at Salisch & Associates
    • Donna F. Schaffner, Associate Director of Food Safety Quality Assurance and Training at the Rutgers University Food Innovation Center

    When: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

    Registration: foodinnovation.rutgers.edu

    About Danielle DeFilippis

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, Co-Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, focuses her practice on intellectual property matters and litigation. She appears on behalf of individual and corporate clients in all phases of litigation from commencement through trial. Danielle 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.

    Danielle has represented clients in a variety of industries, most notably, food and beverage, liquor, jewelry, cosmetics, sports, and entertainment. Danielle’s focus is on trademark prosecution and litigation. She has represented clients in 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.

    Danielle is involved in several organizations including the IP Section of the New York State Bar Association and the International Trademark Association (INTA), serving on the Government Officials Training Committee. Danielle is also a regular contributor to Norris McLaughlin’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your Mark.

    Danielle has been recognized by NJBIZ in its “Manufacturing Power 50” list and 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. She was also listed in the 2014 editions of New York Metro and New Jersey Rising Stars. No more than 2.5% of lawyers in each state are named to the Rising Stars list.

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  • Apr 30, 2020Danielle DeFilippis to Be Panelist for Rutgers Food Innovation Center Town Hall for Food Entrepreneurs

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, will be a panelist for the virtual town hall roundtable, “Bouncing Back to Business: Insights and Ideas for Food Entrepreneurs,” 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 6.

    “As the current pandemic continues to impact our food industry, it is important for businesses to know there are ways to heal and prepare a path forward,” said DeFilippis. This town hall is a positive environment where industry members will share their advice on how companies are managing the crisis and preparing for the future.

    About the Food Innovation Center Town Hall

    Hosted by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station’s Food Innovation Center of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, this program meant to help businesses best prepare as we emerge out of the current business climate and protocol caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Discussion topics will include resetting a food business, changing business strategy, investing in resources, and preparing for the future.

    Joining Danielle on the panel will be John Lawson, Senior Regional Grocery Buyer at Whole Foods Market; Timothy Rankins, Tax Senior Manager at Eisner Amper LLP; Guy Salisch, Chief Financial Officer and Food Service Consultant at Salisch & Associates; Donna F. Schaffner, Associate Director of Food Safety Quality Assurance and Training at the Rutgers University Food Innovation Center; as well as Diane Holtaway, Associate Director of Marketing and Business Development at the Rutgers University Food Innovation Center, who will moderate the roundtable. For more information and to register, visit foodinnovation.rutgers.edu.

    About Danielle DeFilippis

    DeFilippis focuses her practice on intellectual property, contracts, and litigation, particularly in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries. 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 recognized by NJBIZ in its “Manufacturing Power 50” list and 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.

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  • Mar 04, 2020Danielle DeFilippis to Speak on Sustainable Sourcing at New Jersey Food Processors Association Conference

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, will be part of a panel on “Ethical & Sustainable Sourcing & Procurement” for the New Jersey Food Processors Association Annual Conference at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, March 13.

    “Sustainability has become an emerging concern in the food industry. Many food industry players are implementing sustainability initiatives within their companies. With this comes advertising considerations and challenges. I am excited to team up with such prominent individuals on this panel to help navigate potential pitfalls when advertising about the sustainability of the food products,” said DeFilippis.

    About the Presentation

    Andrea Chu, Sustainable Agriculture Analyst at Campbell Soup, and William Lachowsky, Training and Food Safety Specialist at the Food Processing Human Resources Council, will join DeFilippis for the presentation during the supply chain breakout sessions. Other topics to be addressed include creating efficiencies within the supply chain network and technological transportation innovation.

    The conference, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, also offers a corporate social responsibility keynote speaker, vendor exhibits, networking opportunities, and a sustainability breakout session that includes discussions on building sustainable programs, the growing importance of sustainability from a consumer perspective, and carbon footprint reduction efforts around waste. For more information and to register, visit njfoodprocessors.org.

    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 recognized by NJBIZ in its “Manufacturing Power 50” list and 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.

    The Norris McLaughlin food, beverage, and hospitality attorneys are proud members of the New Jersey Food Processors Association.

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  • Feb 10, 2020Danielle DeFilippis to Present at Hudson Kitchen Food Business Bootcamp

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, will present “Food Law Basics” for the Hudson Kitchen’s “Food Business Bootcamp,” 11:30 a.m. – noon, Saturday, February 22.

    “This is a great opportunity for anyone ready to turn their passion into a profitable business. Being a part of a community centered around a commercial kitchen like Hudson Kitchen is a recipe for success,” said DeFilippis.

    About the Food Business Bootcamp

    DeFilippis will address general legal considerations, such as the responsibility of food business owners to know federal, state, and local laws; advertising considerations; and intellectual property. Other discussion topics include goal setting, pricing and menu planning, marketing trends, and food business requirements and operations.

    The full-day workshop, 8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Hudson Kitchen in Kearny, also offers the opportunity to tour the commercial kitchen and a handbook for participants to take home. For more information and to register, visit thehudsonkitchen.com.

    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 recognized by NJBIZ in its “Manufacturing Power 50” list and 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.

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  • Jan 16, 2020Danielle DeFilippis to Present at Rutgers Food Innovation Center Workshop

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, will present “Food Business Law” for the Rutgers Food Innovation Center’s “Food Business Basics Workshop” on Monday, January 27. Norris McLaughlin is a proud sponsor of the event.

    About the Food Business Basics Workshop

    DeFilippis will address selecting, clearing, and protecting a brand through trademark law. The full-day workshop, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Food Innovation Center at Rutgers University in Bridgeton, also offers sessions on entrepreneurship and marketing, tax, food safety and regulations, research and development, and food packaging and design, as well as networking opportunities.

    “Every time I participate in the Rutgers Food Business Basic Workshops, I learn more, see an increasing interest in the food and beverage space, and get more excited about being a part of this industry. It’s such a great opportunity for food entrepreneurs to learn about starting or growing their food businesses and I look forward to continuing to help them create and build their brands,” said DeFilippis

    For more information and to register, visit foodinnovation.rutgers.edu.

    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 recognized by NJBIZ in its “Manufacturing Power 50” list and 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.

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  • Dec 16, 2019Danielle DeFilippis Listed in NJBIZ Manufacturing Power 50

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group has been recognized by NJBIZ in its “Manufacturing Power 50” list.

    The list includes individuals who have made an impact on the state’s manufacturers. DeFilippis was nominated for her work counseling food manufacturers as well as prosecuting and defending claims in court. She has been recognized for her ability to apply unique industry knowledge and her legal background in intellectual property to guide manufacturers and for imparting her knowledge at many trade shows throughout New Jersey and New York.

    “I am extremely honored to be recognized by the manufacturing industry in New Jersey. I am humbled to be among the esteemed members of this list and grateful for the opportunity to assist food and beverage companies with their legal needs,” said DeFilippis.

    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.

    The intellectual property attorneys at Norris McLaughlin are dedicated to providing sophisticated intellectual property counsel to domestic and international clients. Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, they have backgrounds in a broad range of engineering and sciences, including petrochemical, chemical, biochemical, biotechnology, electrical, mechanical, medical devices, and computer software and hardware. Many have worked in the field for 10 or more years, allowing them to provide all the expertise of an IP boutique within a large, full-service firm.

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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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