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  • Jun 07, 2019James Major to Speak on the Cannabis Goldrush and the IP Landgrab

    James R. Major, D.Phil., an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be a panelist for “The Cannabis Goldrush and the IP Landgrab” on Tuesday, June 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the New York City Bar Association.

    The recent push to legalize cannabis in New York has caused a rush to lay claim to invaluable intellectual property.  As the industry quickly evolves, there have been developments in legislation to protect financial institutions that service cannabis businesses, as well as patent infringement actions.  The panel will discuss the progression of the U.S. cannabis industry, its intellectual property assets, the current regulatory environment at the state and federal level, and the potential branding and trademark issues that cannabis businesses may face.  For more information and to register, please click here.

    Major dedicates his practice to U.S. and foreign patent and trademark matters. His doctorate in immunology and virology and over 10 years’ legal experience enables 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.  He has significant patent prosecution experience relating to small molecules, nucleic acids, proteins, antibodies, chemical processes, formulations, industrial processes, and methods of treatment.  He is highly experienced in rendering patentability, landscape, freedom-to-operate, and invalidity opinions particularly in the field of biologics.  Major can assist players in the emerging cannabis industry in the evaluation and securing of patents.  He also has patent and trademark litigation experience.

    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 a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 2003, and a B.A. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1996.

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  • Jan 16, 2019James Major to Present Webinar for American Intellectual Property Law Association

    James R. Major, D.Phil., an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the webinar, “Patents and Tribal Sovereign Immunity.” Hosted by the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the presentation will discuss the ongoing legal battle involving Allergan’s patents covering the blockbuster dry-eye medication RESTASIS®. In 2017, the patents were purportedly—and controversially—assigned to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of Native Americans who asserted tribal sovereign immunity in a challenge to the patents in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Discussion topics will include the history of sovereign immunity, how it applies to Native American tribes and the associated legal issues, and how the Supreme Court may view the issues going forward.

    The webinar is to be held 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, on www.aipla.org, and will cost $95 for AIPLA members and $195 for non-members. To learn more about membership, e-mail AIPLA Member Services at . For more information and to register, click here.

    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 a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 2003 and his B.A. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1996.

    Major dedicates his practice to U.S. and foreign patent and trademark matters. His doctorate in immunology and virology, as well as over ten years’ legal experience, enables 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. He has significant patent prosecution experience relating to small molecules, nucleic acids, proteins, antibodies, chemical processes, formulations, industrial processes, and methods of treatment.  He is highly experienced in rendering patentability, landscape, freedom-to-operate, and invalidity opinions particularly in the field of biologics.  James can assist players in the emerging cannabis industry in the evaluation and securing of patents.  He also has patent and trademark litigation experience.

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  • Nov 30, 2018Norris McLaughlin Welcomes Associate to New York Office

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome James R. Major as an Associate.  He joins the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, concentrating his practice to U.S. and foreign patent applications.

    Major is exceptionally qualified in patent prosecution matters relating to small molecules, nucleic acids, proteins, antibodies, chemical processes, formulations, industrial processes, and methods of treatment.  He is highly experienced in rendering patentability, landscape, freedom-to-operate, and invalidity opinions.   Major can assist players in the emerging cannabis industry in the evaluation and securing of patents.  He also has patent litigation experience.

    Additionally, Major is experienced in trademark matters, including preparing and prosecuting domestic and foreign trademark applications and advising clients on trademark strategies and registration procedures, as well as trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings.  He also has trademark litigation experience.

    Major earned his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2011 from New York Law School, where he was on the Dean’s List, High Honors, and was a candidate for the Trustees’ Prize for the Highest Average in the Evening Division.  He was 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 a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 2003 and his B.A. in Natural Sciences, from the University of Cambridge in 1996.  His doctorate in immunology and virology as well as 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.

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