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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.

    Posted in: Events, Food, Beverage & Hospitality, Intellectual Property, Jeanne Hamburg, Joseph A. Farco | Tags: , , ,

  • 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: , , , ,

  • Sep 02, 2020The Pandemic Recovery: Debt Recovery Options Facing New York’s Restaurant Industry

    Jeanne Hamburg, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Internet Law Practice Group, and Melissa Anne Peña, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, will present the free webinar, “The Pandemic Recovery: Debt Recovery Options Facing New York’s Restaurant Industry,” hosted by the New York State Restaurant Association.

    Debt Recovery Options Facing New York’s Restaurant Industry

    Poised for another banner year in 2020, New York’s restaurant and hospitality industry arguably endured the most significant decline as the COVID-19 global pandemic has dragged into its seventh month in New York. As other areas of the country tempted fate with a full reopening, local requirements for social distancing and indoor seating limitations have created additional challenges for struggling New York restauranteurs. As they grapple with keeping their businesses afloat, and despite relief in the form of eviction moratoriums and federal stimulus, the road to recovery seems fraught with more potholes than pavement.

    During this free webinar, Jeanne and Melissa will discuss:

    • CARES Act
    • Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case Filings
    • Federal Bankruptcy Law
    • Relief and Protection for New York’s Restaurant Industry Debt
    • Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019
    • State Laws

    When: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Registration: Zoom Meeting

    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 Melissa Peña

    Melissa concentrates her practice on commercial litigation and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. Her clients include financial institutions, private lenders, creditors, and accounting firms. She has successfully represented secured creditors and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and state court insolvency proceedings.

    Melissa frequently handles commercial foreclosure actions, actions to enforce promissory notes and guarantees, lien priority disputes, fraudulent conveyance actions, and creditor enforcement matters. She has also defended accounting firms in disputes regarding alleged failure to detect criminal and fraudulent activity in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey.

    Outside the courtroom, Melissa handles commercial workouts, negotiating forbearance agreements on behalf of lenders. She frequently represents investors seeking to acquire defaulted loans from the due diligence stage to closing on the sale. She also helps lenders to liquidate their collateral through UCC sales, including sales of co-ops. Whether inside or outside the courtroom, Melissa’s goal is to find a practical business solution for her clients. She utilizes litigation as a tool to further her client’s business objectives in a cost-effective manner.

    Melissa is Co-Chair of the Meritas Financial Services Section, Co-Chair of the Norris McLaughlin Diversity Committee, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

    Posted in: Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Events, Food, Beverage & Hospitality, Jeanne Hamburg, Melissa Anne Peña | Tags: , , ,

  • Jun 22, 2020Negotiating New York Restaurant Leases in the Wake of COVID-19

    Sharyn A. Tritto, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the free webinar, “Negotiating New York Restaurant Leases in the Wake of COVID-19,” hosted by the New York State Restaurant Association. Jeanne Hamburg, also a Member of the firm and a member of the NYSRA, will introduce her and moderate throughout the program.

    About Negotiating New York Restaurant Leases

    As the Empire State has gradually reopened and businesses are starting the long road to recovery, the COVID-19 pandemic has left a lasting impact on commercial real estate leasing, most particularly for New York’s restaurant industry. Sharyn will explain how the landscape of commercial lease negotiations has changed due to the pandemic. In addition to sorting through the administrative changes that halted late penalties and evictions by executive order, this webinar will also review state and local legislation aimed at curtailing personal liability guarantees and their enforceability for existing lease agreements.

    When: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

    Registration: Zoom

    About Sharyn Tritto

    Sharyn specializes in all aspects of real estate litigation, particularly landlord and tenant law. As a real estate attorney, she also handles leasing and transactional matters.

    Sharyn has practiced in all courts at both the trial and the appellate levels. In addition, she handles matters before various administrative agencies, including but not limited to the Environmental Control Board and the Division of Homes and Community Renewal.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Sharyn was the in-house counsel at Sol Goldman Investments, where she handled everything from nonpayment proceedings to complex real estate litigation matters in the Supreme Court.

    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, she has acted as national counsel in federal courts across the country to bring and defend infringement claims for clients, both foreign and domestic.

    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 is a co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your Mark. She is a frequent speaker and writer on intellectual property topics and is active in many trade groups in industries whose clients she serves.

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  • May 04, 2020Contracts & COVID-19: What Restaurants Need to Know

    Jeanne Hamburg and Deanna L. Koestel, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the free webinar, “Contracts & COVID-19: What Restaurants Need to Know,” hosted by the New York State Restaurant Association.

    What Restaurants Need to Know About Contracts & COVID-19

    Discussion topics will include:

    • When restaurants can’t perform on its contractual obligations due to the current COVID-19 business climate
    • The language in supply chain, distribution, and client contracts
    • Critical clauses in contracts relevant to the current COVID-19 pandemic
    • Clauses that must be included in supply chain, distribution, and client contracts going forward

    When: Thursday, May 7, 2020

    2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Registration: Zoom Video Communications

    About 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 intellectual property 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, 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. Jeanne is a co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your Ma®k.

    About Deanna Koestel

    Deanna is a commercial litigator who focuses on complex commercial and construction litigation, shareholder disputes, and general business law matters in New Jersey and New York. She has represented clients in a variety of industries with significant experience in the food and beverage, construction, and health care industries. Deanna has represented both companies and individuals in the food and beverage industry including restaurants, supermarkets, winemakers, distilleries, wholesalers, importers, and producers.

    Deanna has experience litigating matters including breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud and consumer fraud actions, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business disputes, product defect and liability, and professional negligence claims. She is experienced in all aspects of commercial litigation from commencement through trial, including sophisticated fact and expert discovery, motion practice, argument, arbitration and trial, and post-judgment collection and regularly assists clients with responses to all types of subpoenas.

    Deanna brings a practical and business-savvy approach to the law and she serves as general “outside counsel” for several businesses. In this role, she proactively provides advice and strategy to these businesses with the goal of accommodating both business and legal needs while minimizing or avoiding future litigation risks.

    Deanna has been named a New Jersey “Rising Star” by the Business Litigation section of Super Lawyers®. She currently serves as Board Member and Fundraising Development Chair for the non-profit organization Girls on the Run NYC. Deanna has been recognized as a Volunteer of the Year for her work with H.A.R.K. (Healthy Active Responsible Kids), where she was a founding board member and trustee, and Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey. She is active in community outreach and fundraising for various charities in New Jersey and New York.

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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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  • Apr 15, 2020Contracts and COVID-19: Managing Obligations Now and in the Future

    Jeanne Hamburg and Deanna L. Koestel, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the free webinar, “Contracts and COVID-19: Managing Obligations Now and in the Future,” hosted by the Specialty Food Association as part of their “Business Continuity: Risk Mitigation Planning” COVID-19 webinar series.

    About “Contracts and COVID-19”

    Discussion topics will include:

    • When your food business can’t perform on its contractual obligations due to the current COVID-19 business climate
    • The language in your supply chain and distribution contracts
    • Critical clauses in your contracts relevant to the current COVID-19 pandemic
    • Clauses you need to make sure are included in your supply chain and distribution contracts going forward

    When: Thursday, April 30, 2020

    1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

    Registration: specialtyfood.com

    About 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 intellectual property 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, 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. Jeanne is a co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your Ma®k.

    About Deanna Koestel

    Deanna is a commercial litigator who focuses on complex commercial and construction litigation, shareholder disputes, and general business law matters in New Jersey and New York. She has represented clients in a variety of industries with significant experience in the food and beverage, construction, and health care industries. Deanna has represented both companies and individuals in the food and beverage industry including restaurants, supermarkets, winemakers, distilleries, wholesalers, importers, and producers.

    Deanna has experience litigating matters including breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud and consumer fraud actions, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business disputes, product defect and liability, and professional negligence claims. She is experienced in all aspects of commercial litigation from commencement through trial, including sophisticated fact and expert discovery, motion practice, argument, arbitration and trial, and post-judgment collection and regularly assists clients with responses to all types of subpoenas.

    Deanna brings a practical and business-savvy approach to the law and she serves as general “outside counsel” for several businesses. In this role, she proactively provides advice and strategy to these businesses with the goal of accommodating both business and legal needs while minimizing or avoiding future litigation risks.

    Deanna has been named a New Jersey “Rising Star” by the Business Litigation section of Super Lawyers®. She currently serves as Board Member and Fundraising Development Chair for the non-profit organization Girls on the Run NYC. Deanna has been recognized as a Volunteer of the Year for her work with H.A.R.K. (Healthy Active Responsible Kids), where she was a founding board member and trustee, and Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey. She is active in community outreach and fundraising for various charities in New Jersey and New York.

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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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