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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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  • Sep 11, 2019A Legal and Commercial Overview of the F&B Industry in the U.S. and India

    — ATTENTION: This date has been updated! —

    Are you thinking about distributing a food product in India or the U.S.? Do your food clients have cross-border interests that include India or the U.S.?

    This webinar presented by Raka Chakrawarti, Founder and CEO of Gourmet Delight; Danielle DeFilippis, Co-Chair of the Norris McLaughlin Intellectual Property Law Practice Group; Harshita Gandhi, Founder and Managing Director of Tree of Life; and Mohit Kapoor, Co-Founder of Universal Legal Advocates, will explain food distribution in the U.S. and India, legal issues arising from cross-border food distribution, and include practical tips and insights. Discussion topics include:

    • Indian Food and Beverage Industry
    • Food Products
    • Packaging and Labeling
    • Quality Control
    • Cross-Border Food Recall
    • Food Distribution in the U.S.
    • Distribution Leaders in the U.S.
    • Considerations Before Entering the U.S. Market
    • Cross-Border Legal Issues
    • Significance of Review of Contractual Arrangements
    • Themes

    When: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

    9:00 – 10:00 a.m. EDT

    6:30 – 7:30 p.m. IST

    Where: Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 838 658 566

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    About the Presenters

    Raka Chakrawarti

    Started by Chakrawarti, who spent close to a decade in Indian Hotels, the love of quality ingredients and the joy of discovery of unique ingredients makes Gourmet Delight a food connoisseurs dream. A media and hospitality veteran, Chakrawarti has previously worked for a large media conglomerate and Indian Hotels, which operate the Taj Brand in India and abroad. Deeply passionate and curious about the art of hospitality, her stint with Indian Hotels had been close to a decade when she felt the need to start her own platform. She felt that the reach of quality food products to the consumer could be better if more choices are offered via a sustainable e-commerce model.

    By the time Chakrawarti’s venture Gourmet Delight took off, India had come a long way in food knowledge and the love of gourmet food via the Michelin star chefs and restaurants and all the international food formats coming home to India and Indian formats opening to packed audiences abroad.

    Gourmet Delight celebrates the love for best in the class food International products as well as all that is famous in India – from the spices to artisan cheese to organic Indian food – and has garnered some accolades in its journey. Gourmet Delight was one of the startups selected to meet Sunder Pichai in Delhi in January 2017 and the first runner-up in the India Retail Leadership Summit Award 2018.

    Danielle DeFilippis

    DeFilippis focuses her practice on intellectual property, contracts, and litigation. She 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. She has handled 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. DeFilippis is an author for Norris McLaughlin’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition blog, More Than Your Ma®kTM.

    DeFilippis has represented clients in a variety of industries, most notably, food and beverage, liquor, jewelry, cosmetics, sports, and entertainment. She enjoys working with both 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 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.

    Harshita Gandhi

    Gandhi is a professional with over 30 years of experience across the fields of hospitality, retail, sales, distribution, and marketing.

    Based now in Mumbai after over a decade in the U.S., Gandhi is the founder and Managing Director of Tree of Life, India’s Largest and one-of-kind sales, marketing, and distribution company with a presence in 45 cities. Tree of Life is the exclusive distribution partner for international and domestic brands in the FMCG industry with a specialized focus on packaged food and beverages. Their multi-channel approach and focus on last-mile execution puts them way ahead of the pack and the choice of ambitious brands that see the Indian consumer as a strategic target.

    Tree of Life represents companies like the Hain Celestial Group (U.S.), Premier Foods (U.K.), Hive & Wellness (Australia), and many others.

    Mohit Kapoor

    Kapoor is qualified in two jurisdictions, as a Solicitor, Supreme Court of England & Wales (NP), and as an Advocate in India. He has over 20 years of experience.

    Kapoor has advised Indian and International corporations on general business law matters, private equity transactions, outbound global investments by Indian companies, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, business combinations, corporate restructurings, dispute resolution, real estate, hospitality, intellectual property, private trusts, and estate-related matters.

    Kapoor has deep relationships with domestic and international tax, accountancy, consultants, and law firms across the world to assist his clients in their global business.

    Prior to establishing Universal Legal, Kapoor worked with leading law firms and corporations in London and Mumbai, and with a former Additional Solicitor General of India in New Delhi.

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  • May 14, 2019Norris McLaughlin Attorneys to Speak on Food and Beverage Law

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, Stephanie S. Spangler, and Michael J. Locke, of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Food Law 101,” a food and beverage panel discussion, for WeWork Food Labs. The event will take place on Thursday, May 16, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at WeWork 148 Lafayette Street in New York.

    The presentation will cover a variety of legal issues encountered by food and beverage startups. DeFilippis will discuss basic contract issues that arise between food and beverage companies and external and internal parties. Spangler will speak on intellectual property issues that food and beverage companies face in the operations of their company, and Locke will speak on corporate formation, governance, and equity issues that are commonly faced by startups and early-stage companies. WeWork Food Labs is a first-of-its-kind innovation space and global platform dedicated to startups impacting the future of sustainable food. For more information, please click here.

    DeFilippis, Co-Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Law Group and founding member of the Food, Beverage & Hospitality Group, focuses her practice on intellectual property matters and litigation. She represents individual and corporate clients in all phases of litigation, from commencement through trial, and 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. She has represented clients in a variety of industries, most notably, food and beverage, liquor, jewelry, and cosmetics. She has handled 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.  She is an author for Norris McLaughlin’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition blog, More Than Your Mark, www.morethanyourmark.com. DeFilippis received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University.

    Spangler, Co-Chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law Group and a member of the Food, Beverage & Hospitality Group, focuses her practice on trademark and copyright litigation, prosecution and enforcement.  She appears in state and federal courts and before the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in opposition and cancellation proceedings.  She counsels clients in industries including startups, technology, food and beverage, cannabis, and arts and entertainment.  She is a co-author for the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your Ma®k, and the firm’s Cannabis Law Group blog, Legally Grown.

    Locke focuses on providing counsel to small businesses in all phases of their corporate existence, from formation through merger and acquisition. Locke 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.

    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 simultaneously minimizing their environmental impacts.

    Locke also has experience assisting larger corporations 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.

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  • Apr 12, 2019Danielle DeFilippis to Speak at Food Business Basics Workshop

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will discuss trademark law at “Food Business Basics” hosted by the Rutgers Food Innovation Center on Thursday, April 18. Seminar topics will include food entrepreneurship, trends in the marketplace, business planning, intellectual property and trademark basics, merchandising for success, packaging, food technology and product development, food safety and regulations, and how the Food Innovation Center can help grow your business.

    The seminar will be held 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the Food Innovation Center facility in Bridgeton.  For more information and to register, please click here or contact Diane Holtaway, Associate Director of Client Services at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, by email at Holtaway@NJAES.rutgers.edu, or by phone at 856-459-1900 ext. 4514.

    DeFilippis focuses her practice on intellectual property matters and litigation.  She represents individual and corporate clients in all phases of litigation, from commencement through trial, and 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.  DeFilippis has represented clients in a variety of industries, most notably, food and beverage, liquor, jewelry, and cosmetics.  DeFilippis has handled 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.  She is an author for Norris McLaughlin’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition blog, More Than Your Mark DeFilippis received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University.

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  • Mar 27, 2019Jeanne Hamburg to Speak at Specialty Food Business Summit

    Jeanne M. Hamburg, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be a panelist on Monday, April 8, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., at the 2019 Specialty Food Business Summit hosted by the Specialty Food Association at the Hilton Rosemont Chicago O’Hare in Chicago.  The panel is entitled “Managing Risk: Minimize, Monitor, and Control,” and will present a myriad of ways to minimize legal exposure through contracts, proper trademark clearance, registration and use, food labeling, insurance, and certifications.

    The Summit, which takes place April 7-9, also features sessions in strategic planning, brand positioning, data-driven selling, shopper marketing, purpose-driven leadership, and maximizing profit.  For more information and to register, visit the Specialty Food Association website at www.specialtyfood.com.

    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.  In 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 are given this honor.  Additionally, Hamburg is 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 before trade food, beverage, and restaurant 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.

    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.

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  • Feb 28, 2019Norris McLaughlin Attorneys to Speak on Cannabis for Restaurants

    Jeanne M. Hamburg, Andrew D. Linden, Svetlana (Lana) Ros, and Stephanie S. Spangler, of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be featured speakers on Tuesday, March 5, at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  They will present a panel discussion titled “Exploring the Legal Haze of Cannabis for Restaurants.” The show, which takes place March 3-5, also features over 40 education sessions and over 500 of the leading vendors serving the restaurant and foodservice industry.

    The panel discussion will also be presented on Tuesday, March 26, at the firm’s WeWork office, 222 Broadway, in New York in two sessions: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  The discussion explores the myriad of legal issues and risks of incorporating cannabis into your restaurant business, answering questions about the legal risks and ramifications of providing food and beverages with cannabis; the legal issues related to selling alcoholic beverages infused with or containing cannabis; the state of federal, state, and local laws and regulations impacting restaurants that wish to serve cannabis foods and beverages; and the requirements and hurdles for obtaining federal trademark registration for cannabis-related goods and services.  For more information and to register, please click here.

    Hamburg is experienced 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.  She 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, Hamburg 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. She was also recently 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, Hamburg was named a top trademark attorney in the areas of enforcement and litigation. Hamburg frequently speaks and writes about intellectual property topics before trade food, beverage and restaurant groups, and is a member of the New York State Restaurant Association as well as the Specialty Food Association.  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.

    Linden assists marijuana entrepreneurs, suppliers, growers, retailers, and investors to navigate complex statutory and regulatory schemes, including those related to permitting and licensing, such as initial applications, transfers, expansions, changes to ownership, and related disclosures, distribution, and general business operations such as sales, storage of product, and recordkeeping. He assists clients in all tiers of the distribution chain with compliance and business law issues. Linden also counsels alcoholic beverage manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers with all facets of their business. These include licensing and regulatory compliance, business formation, and product labeling. He has assisted craft breweries and distilleries with applications before the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and retailers with applications before the local municipality. Linden provides guidance in connection with TTB federal permitting laws, advises clients on federal and state labeling requirements and approval processes, and helps them navigate state distribution and beer franchise laws. Linden attended Seton Hall University School of Law, where he received his J.D., cum laude, in 2007.  He earned a B.S., with honors, from Lehigh University in 2004, majoring in Accounting and Marketing.

    Ros focuses her practice in the area of health care law, including civil and administrative litigation, professional licensure defense, hospital medical staff matters, hospital disciplinary actions, regulatory compliance, managed care and government audits, and refund demands and investigations. She also handles transactional and regulatory matters affecting health care providers. She has successfully defended physicians before medical boards, OPMC, and SBME, and in OPD investigations, as well as Medicare fraud, fraud and abuse, RAC audits, Medicare audits, OIG fraud, health care fraud, medical audits, and health plan billing audits. Ros frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New Jersey and New York about legal issues affecting health care professionals. She earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.S. in biotechnology and nutrition from Rutgers University.

    Spangler focuses her practice on trademark and copyright litigation, prosecution and enforcement.  She appears in state and federal courts and before the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in opposition and cancellation proceedings.  She counsels clients in industries including startups, technology, food and beverage, and arts and entertainment.  Spangler earned her B.A. in International Studies from Emory University in 2005, and her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a concentration in Intellectual Property and Communications Law in 2010.  During law school, she was Articles Editor for Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal.  She is the former Development Chair of Cardozo’s Black, Asian, and Latino Law Students Association Alumni Group and is part of its mentoring program for 1L law students.

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