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

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

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

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

    About Danielle DeFilippis

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

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

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

    About Norris McLaughlin

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

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

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  • Nov 13, 2019James Major Provides Insight in U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief

    In an amicus brief submitted on behalf of the New York City Bar Association, James R. Major, D.Phil., an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that the federal Copyright Remedy Clarification Act, which abrogated state sovereign immunity in copyright suits, was unnecessary based on events around the time of ratification of the U.S. Constitution and on historical practice. Major and his team of Association members also argued that the Act was, in any event, within Congress’ power to enact.

    States are frequently immune from suit in federal court. In the brief, available here, Major and the team argued that the States surrendered any sovereign immunity to enforcement of exclusive rights secured by the Constitution’s Copyright and Patent Clause according to the “plan of the convention,” a synonym for the abrogation of the states’ sovereignty around the time that the Constitution was ratified. During oral arguments last week, the petitioner’s counsel asserted that the Copyright and Patent Clause’s “text signals a plan of the convention waiver like no other in Article I.” Subsequently, Justice Sotomayor asked “can you articulate what ‘plan of the convention’ means to you?” to which counsel replied “[a] plan of the convention waiver refers to some reflection that states were surrendering their back-dropped default sovereign immunity in a discrete respect as part of the constitutional convention . . . .” Therefore, counsel’s arguments were consistent with Major and the team’s brief.

    About James Major

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

    Major is exceptionally qualified in patent prosecution matters relating to small molecules, nucleic acids, proteins, antibodies, chemical processes, formulations, industrial processes, beverages, genetically-modified plants, and methods of treatment. He has also published on patent and cannabis-related matters.  He assists players in the emerging cannabis industry in the evaluation and securing of patents.

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

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  • Oct 31, 2019Joseph Farco Speaks on Intellectual Property to New York Inventors and Entrepreneurs

    Joseph A. Farco, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was a guest presenter for the Queens Inventors and Entrepreneur Club Meeting on October 15. He discussed what each form of intellectual property protects, the process of obtaining each type of intellectual property, and the advantages and disadvantages of each type of intellectual property.

    “I was honored to be a part of the Queens Inventors and Entrepreneur Club Meeting. Patents are especially important for inventors and entrepreneurs and I was excited to share my knowledge with them,” said Farco.

    About Joseph Farco

    Farco focuses his practice on intellectual property matters, including litigation, patent, and trade secret transactions.

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

    Farco makes advance preparation and efficient strategy development his priorities, especially for witnesses who are not native English-speakers and where numerous experts are involved. He has prepared foreign and domestic witnesses and experts for trial.

    As a registered patent attorney, Farco 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 represented clients in appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and has been involved in challenges to patent rights under ex parte reexaminations and inter partes review (“IPR”) proceedings.

    Farco 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.

    Prior to his legal career, Farco 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.

    Farco received his J.D. from New York Law School in 2008. He received his M.S. in Engineering Management and his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, with honors, both from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2005, and his M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Florida in 2014.

    About Norris McLaughlin

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

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

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

    About Food Day

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

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

    For more information and to register, click here.

    About Danielle DeFilippis

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

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

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

    About Norris McLaughlin

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

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

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  • Oct 22, 2019Norris McLaughlin Named in Lehigh Valley Business 2019 Reader Rankings

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to have been ranked in the 2019 Lehigh Valley Business “Reader Rankings” for Best Business Law Firm, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Intellectual Property Firm.

    About the Rankings

    The 2019 Reader Rankings Awards, based on over 24,000 votes, were announced on October 2 at ArtsQuest at SteelStacks in Bethlehem.

    “We are proud to once again have the honor to be ranked by our clients and friends in the Lehigh Valley. These awards are a perfect example of how great our employees and clients are, whom we value very much,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    At Norris McLaughlin, over thirty business law attorneys spend all or most of their time in a variety of specialties within their field. The range of clients is broad, as are the legal services that we provide to them.

    The firm’s mergers and acquisitions attorneys have structured, negotiated, and closed numerous U.S. and international transactions ranging from small-scale to complex multi-million-dollar deals. They have vast experience in all aspects of corporate transactions.

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

    In response to the changing needs of our clients and the business community, Norris McLaughlin merged with Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino, the largest independent commercial firm in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Since then, the firm has continued to grow, remembering its culture and our values. Norris McLaughlin and its attorneys have historically been committed to the Lehigh Valley community,where may attorneys, clients, and staff live and do business  – to make them better places to live, work, and play. The firm’s attorneys hold prominent leadership positions in various organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley and many have been honored for the work they do in the community.

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

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  • Sep 30, 2019NJBIZ Food Day 2019

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

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

    When: November 4, 2019

    8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

    Where: The Event Center at iPA

    110 Schanck Road
    Freehold, New Jersey 07728

    For more information and to register, please click here.

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