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  • Jan 27, 2021Norris McLaughlin Hires Two More Attorneys for New York Office

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome two more attorneys, David Siegel and Krista Halpin, to its Time Square, New York City office. Siegel joins the firm as Senior Counsel to the Intellectual Property Practice Group, while Halpin joins the Real Estate & Finance Practice Group and Cooperative (“Co-op”) and Condominium Law Industry Group as an Associate.

    “We are very enthusiastic about the opportunities that David and Krista will bring to the firm. These exceptional attorneys will add significant expertise to our existing practices and allow us to expand these practice areas in our New York City office. We look forward to providing enhanced services to our clients as a result of their joining the firm,” said Andrew N. Parfomak, Administrative Partner for the firm’s New York office.

    About David Siegel

    David H. Siegel concentrates his practice on all aspects of intellectual property strategy, maintenance, and enforcement. He represents clients in patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution, transactions, and litigation.

    Siegel has significant experience in intellectual property licensing and brand protection. He advises clients on global patent and trademark protection, clearance, options, and alternatives. Siegel has represented inventors, businesses, and start-ups in patent-related matters such as the drafting, filing, and prosecution of patent applications and non-disclosure and development agreements.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Siegel was the in-house intellectual property counsel for a leading multinational costume designer, manufacturer, and distributor. He earned his J.D. in 2005 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and his B.A., in 2002 from Columbia College.

    About Krista Halpin

    Krista Halpin focuses her practice on complex commercial real estate transactions and major projects for private, public, governmental, and high-profile individuals. She handles cooperative (“co-op”) and condominium real estate, finance, and corporate matters, issues, agreements and transactions, contract negotiations, and development.

    Additionally, Halpin is experienced in general real estate law and finance; commercial transactions; lease and license agreements; corporate law; the formation of corporate entities; governing documents and general agreements; municipal and regulatory matters; project management entitlements, agreements, and easements; tax benefits and conditions; and tax payer agreement plans and negotiations. She manages legal risk and resolves situations with potentially adverse financial repercussions, resulting in favorable outcomes.

    Halpin earned her J.D. in 2001 from Brooklyn Law School, where she was Associate Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and received the “CALI Excellence for the Future Award” in American Legal History. She earned her B.A. in 1996 from Villanova University.

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  • Nov 30, 2020Cost-Saving Secrets to Streamlining Complex Patent and Trademark Litigation

    Jeanne Hamburg and Joseph A. Farco, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the free webinar, “Cost-Saving Secrets to Streamlining Complex Patent and Trademark Litigation.”

    Cost-Saving Secrets to Streamlining Complex Patent and Trademark Litigation

    In situations in which patent and trademark claims are made simultaneously, cost management is critical. Having a well-oiled team at a single firm with experience coordinating your case, and who can handle all legal issues raised, positions your company to save time and money. Time can be best utilized, and costs can be saved through one or more of the following:

    • Joint analysis of jurisdictional and venue issues, in particular, the impact of patent venue rules on the trademark claims
    • Early coordination of common issues, defenses, and counterclaims arising in patent and trademark cases; the first sale date and offer for sale are critical dates in both cases, for example
    • Early decision-making on whether and when to file an Inter Partes Review when trademark claims would remain
    • Balancing the case schedule, when to go through the Markman proceedings but needing to conduct pilot surveys on trademark issues such as secondary meaning, the likelihood of confusion, and genericism
    • Strategically seeking and combining discovery and interrogatory requests, requests for admission, and depositions (watch your discovery definitions to avoid overly narrow or overly broad requests)
    • Considering unorthodox sequencing of discovery, such as deposing third party inventor or chief marketing officer who may have more information than the CEO
    • Making dispositive motions to include both patent and trademark claims – how to make effective points while presenting complex legal topics in one paper
    • Identifying multi-skilled experts or expert teams that can handle patent and trademark concerns (e.g., commercial success, non-obviousness, damages)
    • Combatting willful patent/trademark infringement allegations when a client is accused of copying both and the impact that has on a jury/judge
    • Coordinating your patent and trademark trial to be understandable to the jury and not lose the court, effective use of opening and closing statements

    When: Wednesday, December 16, 2020

    9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

    Registration: Eventbrite

    This course has been approved for 1.2 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits in New Jersey. We have provisional approval for CLE credit in Pennsylvania, however the number of total credits and final approval are still pending. Attorneys seeking CLE credit in New York may apply for credit by submitting a request for credit using a New Jersey CLE certificate.

    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 the 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.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 drafts complaints, answers, 12(b) motions, discovery, and discovery motions, as well as takes and defends fact, expert, and 30(b)(6) depositions. Joe 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 judgement 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. He 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 argued for his clients to obtain patents on their inventions through appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He also has been involved in challenges to patent rights under ex parte reexaminations and inter partes review proceedings.Joe 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.

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  • Nov 20, 2020Norris McLaughlin IP Attorneys Volunteer to Judge Higher Education Moot Courts

    Kurt G. Briscoe, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and James R. Major, D.Phil., an Associate of the firm, each recently participated in virtual moot courts for separate universities.

    About the Higher Education Moot Courts

    “It is always my pleasure to give back to the higher education community. To see the bright minds of our younger generation is truly inspiring,” said Briscoe, who volunteered to judge the 25th Annual Yale Invitational, hosted by the Yale Mock Trial Association, November 14-15. At issue was a civil case of battery and negligence.

    Major was a judge for the 10th Annual University of Missouri Patent Law Moot Court Competition on November 17. He commented, “I was happy to be a part of this exciting event, as I admire the host, Dennis Crouch, who is a well-respected patent law academic and the owner of Patently-O. At issue was patentable subject matter, which has recently become a challenging and controversial topic. The event went exceptionally well and the students were outstanding. It was a nice reminder of why I enjoy what I do and decided on this career path in the first place.”

    About Kurt Briscoe

    Briscoe devotes his practice to patent, trademark, and other intellectual property matters. He has over 35 years of experience in intellectual property law, including five years, from 1983 to 1988, as an examiner in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Most of Briscoe’s practice, including his experience as a patent examiner, has been in the field of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

    Briscoe regularly represents domestic and international companies in connection with the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, and regularly negotiates licensing and nondisclosure agreements for these clients. Briscoe provides experienced worldwide IP portfolio management, including strategic, freedom-to-operate, invalidity, and infringement opinions. He also performs due diligence for clients prior to their acquisition of patents and trademarks to reveal any patent validity or enforceability problems, or patent prosecution events that impact patent claim scope.

    Briscoe is also experienced in trade secret law. He assists clients in drafting and reviewing legal agreements related to unpatented products, inventions, processes, and other forms of proprietary information. In addition to pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, he has extensive experience in the chemical, medical and dental device, and adhesive technology industries. Briscoe received his J.D. from University of Maryland School of Law in 1986 and his B.S. from University of Maryland in 1982.

    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, non‑infringement, 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. Major 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. Major 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 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Sep 03, 2020Norris McLaughlin Adds Headcount in New York as Firm Continues Expansion Plans Despite Pandemic

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Alan Tenenbaum as a Member of the firm in its Intellectual Property Practice Group in the New York office.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Alan and his litigation and transaction experience to our already well-established IP group. Although COVID-19 affected how we do business, Norris McLaughlin never ceased to assist our clients in any way we could, including in our recruitment opportunities as part of the long-term strategic growth and succession plan, and we’re not done yet,” said Andrew N. Parfomak, Administrative Partner of the firm’s New York office.

    About Alan Tenenbaum

    On joining the firm, Tenenbaum stated, “I’m proud to be a part of a firm that looks at the big picture, even amidst a global pandemic, and stays true to its values and vision. I look forward to working with this team and seeing what the future brings for Norris McLaughlin, not only for my practice but in its entirety, as there is surely more to come.”

    Tenenbaum concentrates his practice on commercial and intellectual property litigation and counseling. He represents corporate clients throughout the United States and before the International Trade Commission in litigation involving patent, trademark, unfair competition, and other commercial claims. His litigation and trial work includes matters involving electronic hardware, software, consumer products, medical devices, chemicals, and both branded and generic pharmaceuticals.

    Tenenbaum is a trusted general counsel to a variety of companies. Applying business solutions from a legal perspective, he works with clients to identify, acquire, protect, manage, and monetize products, technology, and intellectual property rights. He also negotiates IP and IT agreements and other complex agreements involving technology.

    Tenenbaum frequently speaks and writes on the topics of patent litigation, software patents, and intellectual property involving emerging technology. He has been named in New York Super Lawyers® for several years, most recently in 2020. He is also rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. Tenenbaum earned his J.D. with honors in 1988 from George Washington University and his B.S. in 1985 from Union College.

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  • Jun 18, 2020IP for International Markets

    James R. Major, D.Phil., a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will co-present the free webinar, “IP for International Markets,” hosted by the University of Cambridge Alumni CAMentrepreneurs.

    About IP for International Markets

    This webinar is meant for alumni who need advice on the identification and protection of Intellectual Assets (IA) and Intellectual Property (IP) rights, want to invest in or start companies, or want to make new connections, clients, co-founders, or team members, as well as students who are interested in entrepreneurship and want to learn more about the ownership of IAs and IP rights or find investors, co-founders, jobs, internships, or freelancing opportunities.

    Major will be joined by Dr. Claudia M. Duffy, European Patent Attorney and Founder of Innovare IP in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, and Anna Mae Koo, Partner of Vivien Chan & Co in Beijing, China, and Hong Kong. They will discuss strategies for identification, management, and protection of IAs and IP rights suitable for international markets, as well as share lessons from their experience in dealing with their clients’ IP during these unprecedented times. CAMentrepreneurs Richard Lucas, Dr. Claudia M. Duffy, and Robert Howells will moderate, leading the meeting, introduction, and networking opportunities.

    When: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

    7:00 – 8:50 a.m. EDT

    Registration: Eventbrite

    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. Major 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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  • 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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