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  • Apr 30, 2021Protecting Your Restaurant Brand After COVID-19

    Jeanne Hamburg, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Internet Law Group, will present the free webinar, “Protecting Your Restaurant Brand after COVID-19: How to Turn Your Brand Into a Money-Earner, Even if You’ve Ceased Operating,” for the New York State Restaurant Association.

    Protecting Your Restaurant Brand after COVID-19

    This webinar will cover trademark options for businesses and restaurants that have been affected by COVID-19. For restaurants that have lost revenue or even shut down completely, learn how to protect your brand and exploit its commercial value.

    Discussion topics will include:

    • Trademark basics
    • Trademark licensing
    • Establishing a holding company for brands

    When: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    About Jeanne Hamburg

    Jeanne concentrates her practice in all aspects of copyright and trademark law, both in litigation and in the transactional area. Resident in the New York City office, she assists clients in the food, beverage, and restaurant industries with their IP needs. In each year since 2009, Jeanne has been recognized in New York Super Lawyers® for Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation. Only 5% of New York attorneys are given this honor. Additionally, Jeanne is ranked in the 2019 World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, which lists the top 1,000 trademark attorneys in 70 jurisdictions globally. 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 litigates copyright, trademark, and cybersquatting cases through trial and, if necessary, appeal. To this end, she has acted as national counsel in federal courts across the country to bring and defend infringement claims for clients, both foreign and domestic. Additionally, Jeanne has recovered domain names for clients in many Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Proceedings and prosecuted and defended numerous opposition and cancellation proceedings and ex parte appeals in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She recently 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.

    As a co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your MaⓇk™, Jeanne is a frequent writer and speaker on intellectual property topics and is active in many trade groups in industries whose clients she serves. Additionally, she is a member of the New York State Restaurant Association, the Specialty Food Association, and the International Trademark Association (INTA), currently serving on its Leadership Development Committee. Jeanne formerly served on the Government Officials Training Committee, was nominated and served as Chair of INTA’s Law Firm Committee, and was selected as a speaker for INTA’s Trademark Basics “Maintaining the Perfect Partnership” seminar held in New York for inside and outside counsel.

    Posted in: Events, Food, Beverage & Hospitality, Intellectual Property, Jeanne Hamburg | Tags: , ,

  • Apr 21, 2021Ethical & Sustainable Sourcing and Procurement

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, will moderate the free webinar, “Ethical & Sustainable Sourcing and Procurement,” during the supply chain breakout sessions at the virtual New Jersey Food Processors Association (NJFPA) Annual Conference.

    Ethical & Sustainable Sourcing and Procurement

    The 2021 NJFPA Annual Conference, presented by M&T Bank, is being held virtually this year split into education course days, April 22-23, and content session days, April 29-30. Professionals in the industry will provide restaurant owners and other food professionals a detailed overview of supply chain, sustainability, and perseverance in the age of COVID-19. Danielle will be joined by Pierre Turner, Senior VP of Innovation, Quality & Sustainability for Lassonde, and William Hughes, Business Sustainability Consultant for Mazars.

    Other discussion topics include:

    • Building sustainability programs
    • Working in the age of COVID
    • Approaching food industry supply chains
    • Tech innovation and transportation
    • Waste reduction and carbon footprints

    When: Friday, April 30, 2021

    11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    About Danielle DeFilippis

    Danielle 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. Her focus is on trademark prosecution and litigation. Danielle 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 Trademark Offices Practice Committee. She is also a regular contributor to Norris McLaughlin’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your Mark.

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  • Apr 15, 2021U.S. Legal E-commerce Essentials for Food Businesses

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, and Jeanne M. Hamburg, also a Member of the firm and Chair of its Internet Law Practice Group, will present the free webinar, “U.S. Legal E-commerce Essentials for Food Businesses,” hosted by the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub.

    Legal E-commerce Essentials

    Discussion topics will include:

    • E-commerce sale terms and conditions
    • Privacy policies
    • Social media policies
    • Amazon brand registry
    • Enforcement of e-commerce platforms

    When: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    About Danielle DeFilippis

    Danielle 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. Her focus is on trademark prosecution and litigation. Danielle 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, corporate branding, 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 Trademark Offices Practice Committee. She is also a regular contributor to the Norris McLaughlin Trademark, Copyright, and Unfair Competition Law Blog, “More Than Your MaⓇk™.”

    About Jeanne Hamburg

    Jeanne concentrates her practice in all aspects of copyright and trademark law, both in litigation and in the transactional area. She litigates copyright, trademark, and cybersquatting cases through trial and, if necessary, appeal. To this end, Jeanne has acted as national counsel in federal courts across the country to bring and defend infringement claims for clients, both foreign and domestic. Additionally, she has recovered domain names for clients in many Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Proceedings and prosecuted and defended numerous opposition and cancellation proceedings and ex parte appeals in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Jeanne recently 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 the 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 is a co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, “More Than Your MaⓇk™.” She is a frequent speaker and writer on intellectual property topics and is active in many trade groups in industries whose clients she serves. Additionally, she is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), currently serving on the Leadership Development Committee. She formerly served on the Government Officials Training Committee, was nominated and served as Chair of INTA’s Law Firm Committee, and was selected as a speaker for INTA’s Trademark Basics “Maintaining the Perfect Partnership” seminar held in New York for inside and outside counsel.

    Posted in: Danielle M. DeFilippis, Events, Food, Beverage & Hospitality, Intellectual Property, International Business and Tax Planning, Jeanne Hamburg | Tags: , , , ,

  • Apr 12, 2021U.S. Corporate and Branding Legal Essentials for Food Businesses

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, Jeanne M. Hamburg, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Internet Law Practice Group, and Michael J. Locke, an Associate of the film, will present the free webinar, “U.S. Corporate and Branding Legal Essentials for Food Businesses,” hosted by the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub.

    Corporate and Branding Legal Essentials

    Discussion topics will include:

    • Types of business entities that can be formed in the United States
    • How an African parent company can own a U.S. subsidiary
    • Tax considerations for the U.S. company and African parent company that may impact how the U.S. subsidiary is formed
    • Co-packing and private label agreements
    • Distribution and sales agreements
    • Choosing and registering a mark
    • Licensing to third parties

    When: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    About Your Presenters

    Danielle DeFilippis

    Danielle 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. Her focus is on trademark prosecution and litigation. Danielle 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, corporate branding, 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 Trademark Offices Practice Committee. She is also a regular contributor to the Norris McLaughlin Trademark, Copyright, and Unfair Competition Law Blog, “More Than Your MaⓇk™.”

    Jeanne Hamburg

    Jeanne concentrates her practice in all aspects of copyright and trademark law, both in litigation and in the transactional area. She litigates copyright, trademark, and cybersquatting cases through trial and, if necessary, appeal. To this end, Jeanne has acted as national counsel in federal courts across the country to bring and defend infringement claims for clients, both foreign and domestic. Additionally, she has recovered domain names for clients in many Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Proceedings and prosecuted and defended numerous opposition and cancellation proceedings and ex parte appeals in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Jeanne recently 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 the intellectual property aspects of corporate branding for 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 is a co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, “More Than Your MaⓇk™.” She is a frequent speaker and writer on intellectual property topics and is active in many trade groups in industries whose clients she serves. Additionally, she is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), currently serving on the Leadership Development Committee. She formerly served on the Government Officials Training Committee, was nominated and served as Chair of INTA’s Law Firm Committee, and was selected as a speaker for INTA’s Trademark Basics “Maintaining the Perfect Partnership” seminar held in New York for inside and outside counsel.

    Michael Locke

    Michael is a member of the Business Law Practice Group. His practice focuses on providing counsel to small businesses in all phases of their corporate existence, from formation through merger and acquisition. Michael also 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.

    Michael 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 simultaneously minimizing their environmental impacts. Michael 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.

    Michael joined the firm after spending three years with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. As a Deputy Attorney General, he led a trial team that handled complex, white-collar criminal and regulatory matters. Michael investigated and prosecuted cases involving insurance fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, racketeering, and other related financial crimes. As such, he has worked closely with many of the country’s largest insurance companies and financial institutions as well as state and federal regulators. Drawing on this diverse experience, Michael offers a unique perspective to clients seeking a broad and creative approach to growing and protecting their businesses.

    Posted in: Business Law, Danielle M. DeFilippis, Events, Food, Beverage & Hospitality, Intellectual Property, International Business and Tax Planning, Jeanne Hamburg, Michael J. Locke | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • Mar 24, 2021Catering Contracts Post COVID-19: What Operators Need to Know

    Jeanne M. Hamburg, a Member of the firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Internet Law Group, and Michael J. Locke, an Associate of the firm, will co-present the free webinar, “Catering Contracts Post COVID-19: What Operators Need to Know,” hosted by the New York State Restaurant Association.

    Catering Contracts Post COVID-19

    Discussion topics will include:

    • When caterers cannot perform or customers will not honor catering contracts due to the current COVID-19 business climate
    • The language affecting performance and obligations in supply chain, distribution, and customer contracts
    • Critical clauses in catering contracts relevant to the current COVID-19 pandemic
    • Clauses that must be included in supply chain, distribution, and customer contracts going forward

    When: Thursday, April 8, 2021

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    About Jeanne Hamburg

    Jeanne concentrates her practice in all aspects of copyright and trademark law, both in litigation and in the transactional area. She litigates copyright, trademark, and cybersquatting cases through trial and, if necessary, appeal. To this end, Jeanne has acted as national counsel in federal courts across the country to bring and defend infringement claims for clients, both foreign and domestic. Additionally, she has recovered domain names for clients in many Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Proceedings and prosecuted and defended numerous opposition and cancellation proceedings and ex parte appeals in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Jeanne recently 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 the 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 is a co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, “More Than Your MaⓇk™.” She is a frequent speaker and writer on intellectual property topics and is active in many trade groups in industries whose clients she serves. Additionally, she is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), currently serving on the Leadership Development Committee. She formerly served on the Government Officials Training Committee, was nominated and served as Chair of INTA’s Law Firm Committee, and was selected as a speaker for INTA’s Trademark Basics “Maintaining the Perfect Partnership” seminar held in New York for inside and outside counsel.

    About Michael Locke

    Michael is a member of the Business Law Practice Group. His practice focuses on providing counsel to small businesses in all phases of their corporate existence, from formation through merger and acquisition. Michael also 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.

    Michael 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 simultaneously minimizing their environmental impacts. Michael 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.

    Michael joined the firm after spending three years with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. As a Deputy Attorney General, heled a trial team that handled complex, white-collar criminal and regulatory matters. Michael investigated and prosecuted cases involving insurance fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, racketeering, and other related financial crimes. As such, hehas worked closely with many of the country’s largest insurance companies and financial institutions as well as state and federal regulators. Drawing on this diverse experience, Michael offers a unique perspective to clients seeking a broad and creative approach to growing and protecting their businesses.

    Posted in: Business Law, Events, Food, Beverage & Hospitality, Jeanne Hamburg, Michael J. Locke | Tags: , , ,

  • Feb 19, 2021COVID-19 Vaccine: Legal Issues You Need to Navigate

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present the webinar, “COVID-19 Vaccine: Legal Issues You Need to Navigate,” hosted by the New Jersey Food Processors Association (NJFPA). Presenters include Patrick T. Collins, Danielle M. DeFilippis, and Annmarie Simeone.

    COVID-19 Vaccine: Legal Issues You Need to Navigate

    This webinar will dive into the legal issues around the COVID-19 vaccine and other legal matters arising from the pandemic. With COVID-19 vaccine delivery increasing, so are the legal questions that companies throughout the food processing industry face. New questions have come to the forefront of navigating the pandemic, including:

    • How should employers approach employee vaccinations? Mandatory, strongly encourage, or another approach?
    • What is your legal exposure if hosting a vaccination clinic?
    • What laws do we need to comply with in crafting a vaccine program?
    • What is the impact on mask-wearing and social distancing with increased vaccination rates?

    When: Thursday, March 4, 2021

    1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    About Your Presenting Attorneys

    Pat Collins

    Pat, Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, 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.

    Danielle DeFilippis

    Danielle, 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. Her 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 Trademark Offices Practice Committee. She is also a regular contributor to Norris McLaughlin’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your Mark.

    Annmarie Simeone

    Annmarie, Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation. She has a wide range of experience in state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution venues, primarily defending management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims, as well as claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability.

    Annmarie’s work includes the defense of corporate defendants, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, as well as challenges faced by larger companies. Additionally, Annmarie provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel with respect to a wide range of employment issues, including employee leaves of absence, employee discipline, employee manuals, employment-related policies and procedures, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements.

    Annmarie has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees. She has presented programs on handling workplace investigations; on acceptable workplace behavior which includes issues of harassment, bullying, and other workplace conduct rules; and on how to properly craft and implement employee handbooks. Annmarie also has significant experience in complex commercial litigation, focusing on business disputes such as shareholder actions, commission disputes, and breach of contract matters.

    Posted in: Annmarie Simeone, Danielle M. DeFilippis, Events, Food, Beverage & Hospitality, Labor & Employment, Patrick T. Collins | Tags: , , , ,

  • Jan 29, 2021Danielle DeFilippis Listed Again 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 for the second year in a row.

    “This year has been especially difficult for many businesses and I am grateful to be a part of the team assisting with their ongoing efforts to thrive during challenging times. It is an honor to be recognized among these individuals who have contributed so much to the manufacturing sector in New Jersey,” said DeFilippis.

    About the Manufacturing Power 50

    The list includes individuals who have made an impact on the New Jersey manufacturing sector and supply chains. This year’s focus was to highlight those who have played a critical role and proven successful in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19). DeFilippis was honored once again for her work counseling food manufacturers and prosecuting and defending claims in court. She has been recognized for her ability to impart her legal background in intellectual property and apply unique industry knowledge to guide manufacturers.

    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.

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  • Oct 19, 2020Food Intellectual Property and Trademarks

    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 Intellectual Property and Trademarks” for the virtual Learn Before You Leap: Food Business Basics for Startup Food Entrepreneurs hosted by the Food Innovation Center at Rutgers University, a unique food business incubator and accelerator through the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

    About Food Business Basics

    Food Business Basics is a unique opportunity for food entrepreneurs to learn critical aspects of entering or growing a business in the prepared food and beverage industry. It is designed to save food entrepreneurs time and money as they navigate through the complexities of the food and beverage industry from concept to commercialization.

    This annual one-day workshop is being presented as an in-person virtual class format by Webex, conducted in two-hour “Lunch ‘n’ Learn” sessions, November 16-19. Other discussion topics will include:

    • How the Food Innovation Center can help you grow your business
    • Positioning your brand in the marketplace specialty food trends
    • Building a better business plan
    • Product development and scale-up
    • Understanding packaging and label options
    • Managing food safety regulations
    • Getting retail-ready
    • Navigating distribution
    • 30-minute session to discuss your business concept with food industry veterans on the Food Innovation Center team

    When: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 

    11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Registration: foodinnovation.rutgers.edu

    This program costs $249.

    About Danielle DeFilippis

    Danielle 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, Danielle 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.

    Danielle is an author for the firm’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.

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  • Sep 21, 2020The Future Is Served – Understanding the Issues and Risks Involved When Using 3D Printing in Food Manufacturing

    Jeanne Hamburg and Joseph A. Farco, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “The Future Is Served – Understanding the Issues and Risks Involved When Using 3D Printing in Food Manufacturing” for the Specialty Food Association Specialty Food Live! 2020.

    Issues and Risks in 3D Printing for Food Manufacturing

    Confections, cheese, pasta, and vegetarian steak: just a few of the types of food that can be printed using additive manufacturing, a.k.a., 3D-Printing. This culinary evolution comes with new opportunities as well as pitfalls, masterpieces, and counterfeits, all of which will be discussed, such as:

    • Recipes in the form of 3D printing source code
    • Competitors copying the look and feel of products using 3D Scanners
    • Kitchen espionage using USB drives in possession of departing chefs
    • Patenting methods of making items from vegan cake to chocolate pizza

    When: Thursday, September 24, 2020

    2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Registration: specialtyfood.com

    About Jeanne Hamburg

    Jeanne concentrates her practice in all aspects of copyright and trademark law, both in litigation and in the transactional area. Resident in the New York City office, she assists clients in the food, beverage, and restaurant industries with their IP needs. In each year since 2009, Jeanne has been recognized in New York Super Lawyers® for Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation. Only 5% of New York attorneys are given this honor. Additionally, Jeanne is ranked in the 2019 World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, which lists the top 1,000 trademark attorneys in 70 jurisdictions globally. 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 litigates copyright, trademark, and cybersquatting cases through trial and, if necessary, appeal. To this end, she has acted as national counsel in federal courts across the country to bring and defend infringement claims for clients, both foreign and domestic. Additionally, Jeanne has recovered domain names for clients in many Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Proceedings and prosecuted and defended numerous opposition and cancellation proceedings and ex parte appeals in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She recently 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.

    As a co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your MaⓇk™, Jeanne is a frequent writer and speaker on intellectual property topics and is active in many trade groups in industries whose clients she serves. Additionally, she is a member of the New York State Restaurant Association, the Specialty Food Association, and the International Trademark Association (INTA), currently serving on its Leadership Development Committee. Jeanne formerly served on the Government Officials Training Committee, was nominated and served as Chair of INTA’s Law Firm Committee, and was selected as a speaker for INTA’s Trademark Basics “Maintaining the Perfect Partnership” seminar held in New York for inside and outside counsel.

    About Joe Farco

    Joe focuses his practice on intellectual property matters including litigation, patent, and trade secret transactions. He uses his litigation and prosecution experience to provide opinions concerning patentability, non-infringement, and invalidity, to assist clients in making well-informed intellectual property decisions for their business or for helping avoid allegations of induced infringement and/or willful infringement of patents.

    As a trial patent lawyer, Joe represents patent owners, including inventors, and foreign and domestic companies in district court and the International Trade Commission. He handles pre-filing due diligence for patent owners on how to best assert their patents; cease-and-desist correspondence to avoid litigation; and all aspects, including oral arguments, of Markman proceedings, summary judgment briefs, pre- and post-trial memoranda, technical and damages expert preparation and discovery, accounting and costs motions, appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and petitions for certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States. Joe also spearheads electronic discovery and strategies for electronically searchable information (ESI).

    As a registered patent attorney, Joe practices before the United States Patent and Trademark Office where he counsels clients from all over the world under America Invents Act (AIA) and pre-AIA rules to obtain patent protection in the form of utility and design patents. He has been involved in challenges to patent rights under ex parte reexaminations and inter partes review proceedings.

    Prior to his legal career, Joe was a project engineer for Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems, where he led a team of engineers to develop mechanical, electrical, and materials test analyses for the life-critical Extravehicular Mobility Unit worn by astronauts on space missions to and from the International Space Station.

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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.

    Posted in: Business Law, Danielle M. DeFilippis, Food, Beverage & Hospitality, Intellectual Property, Michael J. Locke, News | Tags: , , , ,

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