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  • Dec 28, 2018Danielle DeFilippis to be Presenter for Food Business Basics

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

    The seminar will be held 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Thursday, January 9, at the Food Innovation Center facility in Bridgeton.  For more information and to register, please click here or contact Sho Islam, Senior Manager of Client Services at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, by email at or by phone at 856-459-1900 ext. 4511.

    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 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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  • Dec 26, 2018Food Business Basics

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Food Business Basics” hosted by the Rutgers Food Innovation Center.  If you are thinking of starting a food business, then this seminar is a must!  As a unique opportunity for food entrepreneurs to learn critical aspects of entering the prepared food business industry, discussion topics include:

    • How the Food Innovation Center can help you grow your business
    • Food Entrepreneurship – is it right for you?
    • Trends in the Marketplace
    • Business Planning
    • Food IP and Trademark
    • Merchandising for Sucess
    • Packaging
    • Food Technology Toolbox and Product Development
    • Food Safety and Regulations

    When: Thursday, January 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Where: Rutgers Food Innovation Center, 450 E. Broad St., Bridgeton, NJ 08302

    Attendees will have the opportunity for Q&A and networking with fellow attendees and presenters.  Lunch will be provided.  For more information and to register, please click here or contact Sho Islam, Senior Manager of Client Services at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, by email at or by phone at 856-459-1900 ext. 4511.

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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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  • Apr 09, 2018FUCT This: What Trademarks You Can and Can’t Register

    FUCT, THE SLANTS, REDSKINS.  Marks that were once prohibited from trademark registration for being disparaging or scandalous can now be registered.  Come join trademark attorney Stephanie S. Spangler, an Associate of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., for a presentation on what marks you can and can’t register in light of these recent court decisions.  This presentation will be great for those interested in learning more about the types of marks that can be registered and the intersection between trademarks and free speech. To RSVP, please email .

    When: Thursday, May 10, 2018

    1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

    Where: WeWork at City Hall

    222 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038

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