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  • Apr 06, 2020New Jersey Food Processors Association Virtual Town Hall: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Q&A

    Deemed an essential business during these unprecedented times, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, food processors are critical. The success of the food industry will have a major impact on the citizens of New Jersey. There is a lot of information out there, so the New Jersey Food Processors Association is hosting a virtual Town Hall to bring members together along with industry experts and business leaders to discuss the coronavirus challenges impacting the industry.

    Patrick T. Collins, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, and Keith McDonald, a Member of the firm, will participate in the Town Hall to address:

    • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
    • Attendance Policies
    • Health Screenings
    • Employee Incentives to Meet Increased Capacity and Demand
    • Other Labor and Employment Issues

    Other discussion topics include the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program, as well as general health and food safety for food processors. You can also email help@njfoodprocessors.org to submit questions in advance.

    When: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    3:00 – 4:00 p.m

    Where: njfoodprocessors.org

    About Your Presenters

    Patrick T. Collins

    Pat practices labor, employment, and personnel law on behalf of employers and management personnel. He has a wide range of experience in all areas of litigation in both federal and state courts, defending discrimination and sexual harassment claims, wrongful discharge and whistleblower suits, and claims brought under the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the multitude of other civil rights and anti-discrimination laws. In addition, Pat represents parties in breach of contract claims and in actions involving unfair competition, restrictive covenants, and confidentiality agreements.

    Pat has appeared before state human rights agencies throughout the country, as well as the EEOC, the National Labor Relations Board, and various wage and hour agencies. He has represented employers in numerous labor grievance/arbitration proceedings and in a variety of other matters relating to the unionization of employees and collective bargaining. Pat has also worked extensively with employers on public works contracts to ensure compliance with prevailing wage laws.

    A great deal of Pat’s practice concentrates on counseling employers in making workplace decisions, which will reduce or avoid entirely the risk of litigation. He regularly counsels his clients on matters concerning independent contractors and contingent workers, employment policies, employee discipline and terminations, reductions in workforce, and plant closings. Pat has conducted sexual harassment investigations and employment law audits and has drafted numerous employee handbooks and substance abuse and workplace privacy policies. He has also conducted management and employee training and legal compliance sessions in a variety of areas, including the performance appraisal process and anti-harassment.

    Keith McDonald

    Keith concentrates his practice on commercial litigation, labor and employment, and higher education law.

    Keith’s labor and employment law practice focuses on the representation of management in all aspects of employment law, with particular focus on defending against discrimination claims under federal and state laws, including whistleblower claims and claims of harassment and discrimination based on sex, age, race, national origin, and disability. He also regularly counsels employers and their human resource departments on a wide range of employment-related policies and procedures.

    In the area of commercial litigation, Keith represents a broad range of clients in all phases of litigation in both state and federal court.  He has recently litigated cases involving false advertising, product disparagement, restrictive covenants, and contract-related disputes. Keith has developed an expertise in federal court practice and has substantial experience in handling emergent matters and dispositive motion practice. He has also litigated several matters through the trial and appeal stages.

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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 21, 2020Jeanne Hamburg to Speak on Protecting and Merchandising a Restaurant Brand

    Jeanne M. Hamburg, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., along with Marcus Guiliano, business speaker, author, and restaurant owner, will co-present “How to Implement Psychology Based Marketing on All Your Platforms and Protecting and Merchandising Your Restaurant Brand” for the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York.

    “Your brand is such an important asset and must be protected, especially for restaurants. Being able to master and confidently handle IP challenges can even create new revenue streams for restaurant owners through merchandising,” said Hamburg.

    About the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York

    The annual event, featuring over 40 education sessions and over 500 of the leading vendors serving the restaurant and foodservice industry, is being held March 8-10 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York. Hamburg and Guiliano will speak on Monday, March 9, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., in room 1C02, listed as session number M110.

    In their session, Hamburg will cover how to protect and enforce rights in a restaurant’s name, design, and website content; protect a restaurant from copycats; and create new revenue streams through merchandising a restaurant’s brand while Guiliano will cover the top psychology triggers to use in emails, websites, business cards, and other guest interactions.

    For more information and to register, visit InternationalRestaurantNY.com.

    About Jeanne Hamburg

    A resident of New York, Hamburg focuses her practice in all aspects of copyright and trademark law, both in litigation and in the transactional area, assisting clients in the food, beverage, and restaurant industries with their intellectual property needs. Each year since 2009, she has been recognized in New York Super Lawyers® for Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation. Only five percent of New York attorneys receive this honor. Hamburg is also ranked in the 2019 World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (WTR 1000). Among a group of fewer than 90 trademark professionals in New York, she was named a top trademark attorney in the areas of enforcement and litigation.

    Hamburg has litigated in federal courts across the country, acting as national counsel to bring and defend infringement claims for clients both foreign and domestic. Most recently, she litigated through appeal to the Federal Circuit a food trademark case that has been described as generating one of the most important trademark decisions in 2018.

    In the transactional area, Hamburg counsels clients on intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions. She is experienced in copyright and trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement, and has particular expertise with contentious and transactional issues arising from the Internet.

    Hamburg frequently speaks and writes about intellectual property topics for food, beverage, restaurant, and hospitality trade groups, and is a member of the Specialty Food Association, New York State Restaurant Association, New Jersey Food Processors, and Brewers Association. She is also a member of the Copyright Society of the USA and the International Trademark Association (INTA), currently serving on its Leadership Development Committee. Hamburg is a co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your Ma®k.

    Hamburg attended Wellesley College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and received her B.A., magna cum laude, in English and Psychology, with Honors in English, in 1987. In 1990, she received her J.D. at Columbia University School of Law, where she was editor of the Columbia Law Review.

    About Marcus Guiliano

    Guiliano is a two-time business author, international Speaker, Forbes Business Council Contributor, restaurant owner, and restaurant success coach. Founder of the Restaurant Growth Secrets University, he is dedicated to helping other business owners prosper. Guiliano and his books have been featured on ABC, CBS, Good Morning America, Dr Oz, OneGreenPlanet, TEDx, The New York Times, CNN, and many other media outlets.

    Guiliano and his wife opened Aroma Thyme Bistro in 2003 in an economically-depressed area in upstate New York. A high-end farm-to-table restaurant in this area was not well received. He quickly learned how to become a marketing guru and simultaneously building a restaurant and helping improve the image of his town.

    Guiliano’s other calling is food activism which includes socially responsible ingredients, local sourcing, and supporting family-operated food and beverage. His TEDx talk was about finding your passion in your career. Guiliano is also a passionate expert in both real food and business marketing.

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  • Feb 12, 2020How to Implement Psychology-Based Marketing on All Your Platforms and Protecting and Merchandising Your Restaurant Brand

    In this double feature session, Member at Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Jeanne Hamburg will cover how to protect and enforce your rights in your restaurant’s name, design and website content, how to protect your restaurant from copycats, and create new revenue streams through merchandising your brand and Marcus Guiliano will cover the top psychology triggers to use in emails, websites, business cards, and every other guest interaction.

    As a restaurant whose brand is critical to attracting new patrons, and retaining loyal ones, you will, or already have, faced those who use your restaurant’s name, website, or even an interior design similar to yours. By mastering the best practices for protecting these important assets, you can confidently handle these challenges and even create new revenue streams through merchandising. You will learn how to select and protect your brand as well as how to protect your restaurant’s unique design. So that you can promote all the favorable reviews you have received, you will be given guidance on how to handle rights clearance for using customer testimonials and photos in social media and on your web site. You will also learn how copyrighting your website can discourage copycats and assist in enforcing your rights, and the essentials of a good website development agreement, privacy policy and terms of use. And finally, you will also learn the types of contracts critical to merchandising your restaurant-branded food, beverage, and other products.

    When: Monday, March 9, 2020

    2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Where: Javits Center

    New York, New York

    Registration: please visit InternationalRestaurantNY.com

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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 21, 2020Jeanne Hamburg to Present Compliance and Branding Webinar with Victoria Ho for Food Industry

    Jeanne M. Hamburg, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., along with Victoria Ho, a consultant in the food industry with extensive food Compliance Policy Guides Manual (CPG) compliance experience, will present “Compliance and Branding for the Food Industry” on Tuesday, January 28, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., online.

    “For food business owners to sell their products and instill confidence in buyers, compliance and branding are essential. With the average consumer spending only five seconds looking at a product, a unique brand and design can set a company apart and build consumer trust. I look forward to working with Victoria to educate food entrepreneurs on the key aspects of labeling compliance and branding for their food products,” said Hamburg.

    About the Webinar

    Discussion topics include developing FDA and state-compliant packaging materials and labels, such as on-pack messaging; UPC scannable and properly coded products for food safety; protecting food brands, including packaging, designs, promotional materials, and website; clearing and registering food trademarks and product designs; and drafting contracts to protect the brand, designs, and recipes.

    The webinar is free of charge through Zoom Meeting. For more information and to register, visit our website at www.nmlegalevents.com.

    About Jeanne Hamburg

    A resident of New York, Hamburg focuses her practice in all aspects of copyright and trademark law, both in litigation and in the transactional area, assisting clients in the food, beverage, and restaurant industries with their IP needs. Each year since 2009, she has been recognized in New York Super Lawyers® for Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation. Only five percent of New York attorneys receive this honor.  Hamburg is also ranked in the 2019 World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (WTR 1000). Among a group of fewer than 90 trademark professionals in New York, she was named a top trademark attorney in the areas of enforcement and litigation.

    Hamburg has litigated in federal courts across the country, acting as national counsel to bring and defend infringement claims for clients both foreign and domestic. Most recently, she litigated through appeal to the Federal Circuit a food trademark case that has been described as generating one of the most important trademark decisions in 2018.

    In the transactional area, Hamburg counsels clients on intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions. She is experienced in copyright and trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement, and has particular expertise with contentious and transactional issues arising from the Internet.

    Hamburg frequently speaks and writes about intellectual property topics for food, beverage, restaurant, and hospitality trade groups, and is a member of the Specialty Food Association and the New York State Restaurant Association. She is also a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), currently serving on its Leadership Development Committee.

    Hamburg attended Wellesley College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and received her B.A., magna cum laude, in English and Psychology, with Honors in English, in 1987. In 1990, she received her J.D. at Columbia University School of Law, where she was editor of the Columbia Law Review.

    About Victoria Ho

    Fueled by the power of good food to nourish genuine human connections, Ho founded SherpaCPG in 2019 to shift a decade of maker experience towards helping fellow food and beverage brands bring their culinary stories to life and their wellness-driven products to market.

    With a focus on strategic innovation and brand development for the CPG food and beverage industry, Ho prepares new products for sustainable success in a retail environment by addressing all stages of the path to market including product formulation, comprehensive packaging compliance and design, brand messaging and product positioning.

    SherpaCPG is proud to work with a global clientele on projects that champion supply chain transparency, sustainable manufacturing, and accessible nutrition.

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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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  • Jan 07, 2020Compliance and Branding for the Food Industry

    Join Jeanne Hamburg, a trademark attorney here at Norris McLaughlin, and Victoria Ho, a consultant in the food industry with extensive food CPG compliance experience, as they guide you through key aspects of labeling compliance and branding for your food products.

    The average product recall costs food entrepreneurs an average of $10 million. Moreover, to get your product on shelves and instill confidence in buyers, compliance is essential. Victoria will cover how to develop:

    • FDA/State compliant packaging materials
    • FDA/State compliant label (on-pack messaging)
    • UPC scannable and properly coded for food safety

    With the average consumer spending only five seconds looking at your product, a unique brand and design can set you apart and build consumer loyalty and goodwill. Jeanne will cover how to:

    • Protect your food brands, packaging, designs, promotional materials, and website
    • Clear and register your food trademarks and product designs
    • Draft contracts to protect your brand, designs, and recipes

    When: Tuesday, January 28, 2020

    2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Where: Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 508 263 767

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    About the Presenters

    Jeanne Hamburg

    Jeanne focuses her practice in all aspects of copyright and trademark law, both in litigation and in the transactional area, assisting clients in the food, beverage, and restaurant industries with their IP needs.  Each year since 2009, she has been recognized in New York Super Lawyers® for Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation.  Only 5% of New York attorneys receive this honor.  Jeanne is also ranked in the 2019 World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (WTR 1000).  Among a group of fewer than 90 trademark professionals in New York, she was named a top trademark attorney in the areas of enforcement and litigation.

    Jeanne has litigated in federal courts across the country, acting as national counsel to bring and defend infringement claims for clients both foreign and domestic.  Most recently, she litigated through appeal to the Federal Circuit a food trademark case that has been described as generating one of the most important trademark decisions in 2018. In the transactional area, Jeanne counsels clients on intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions.  She is experienced in copyright and trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement, and has particular expertise with contentious and transactional issues arising from the Internet.

    Jeanne frequently speaks and writes about intellectual property topics for food, beverage, restaurant, and hospitality trade groups, and is a member of the Specialty Food Association and the New York State Restaurant Association.  She is also a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), currently serving on its Government Officials Training Committee.

    Victoria Ho

    Fueled by the power of good food to nourish genuine human connections, Victoria founded SherpaCPG in 2019 to shift a decade of maker experience towards helping fellow food and beverage brands bring their culinary stories to life and their wellness-driven products to market. With a focus on strategic innovation and brand development for the CPG food and beverage industry, Victoria prepares new products for sustainable success in a retail environment by addressing all stages of the path to market including product formulation, comprehensive packaging compliance and design, brand messaging and product positioning. SherpaCPG is proud to work with a global clientele on projects that champion supply chain transparency, sustainable manufacturing, and accessible nutrition.

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