The creation and ongoing development of the Cannabis, Hemp & CBD industry presents unprecedented opportunities as well as unprecedented challenges. Given the exponential growth of this new market and the influx of new entrants into this market, one significant challenge is establishing and distinguishing one’s products and services from others within the market. As in other markets and industries, you must adequately identify and protect your Intellectual Property and Branding. However, that is much easier said than done, particularly in light of the constant shifts, variations and evolution of the law pertaining to this industry, as well as the federal illegality of cannabis. This CLE identifies and details the best ways to protect and safeguard Intellectual Property and Branding in the Cannabis, Hemp & CBD industry at this time.
Key topics to be discussed:
The laws pertaining to cannabis, hemp & CBD goods and services, particularly intellectual property
Federal trademark protection and registrations
State trademark protection and registrations
Date: April 17, 2023
Ashley G. Kessler | Cozen O’Connor
Ashley focuses her practice in the area of intellectual property, including trademark prosecution, licensing, and litigation, and internet disputes. She handles matters relating to ICANN proceedings, trademark proceedings within TTAB, copyright and entertainment matters, and patent litigation matters. In addition, she has experience handling trademark matters for clients in the retail, food & beverage, jewelry, cannabis, CBD, and beauty and wellness industries. Ashley regularly counsels clients on all phases of intellectual property licensing and litigation.
Before joining Cozen O’Connor with the team of IP litigators from Feldman Gale, Ashley was head of Feldman Gale’s Trademark Prosecution department, overseeing all filings with the USPTO. While in law school, Ashley worked as a law clerk at Iconix Brand Group, Inc. and clerked in the intellectual property departments of both Miami and New York based law firms. While in law school, Ashley was a clerk for the Hon. Scott J. Silverman of the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami.
Jonathan E. Gale | Cozen O’Connor
Jon focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation including restrictive covenants and related employment law. Jon also handles trademark prosecution and commercial litigation. Jon works with a variety of clients including technology, telecommunication, and e-cigarette.
Prior to joining the firm, Jon worked as an Assistant State Attorney for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office in the 11th Judicial Circuit. While at the State Attorney’s Office, Jon was a courtroom training advisor. Jon handled over 50 trials, including both jury and bench trials at the felony and misdemeanor levels.
Jon earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Florida. Jon earned his law degree from the University of Florida School of Law. While attending law school, he interned at Feldman Gale, a boutique intellectual property law firm, before going on to clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge John J. O’Sullivan. During law school, Jon also served as a certified legal intern for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.
I. The laws pertaining to cannabis, hemp & CBD goods and services, particularly intellectual property | 10:00am – 10:30am
II. Federal trademark protection and registrations | 10:30am – 11:00am
Break | 11:00am – 11:10am
III. State trademark protection and registrations | 11:10am – 11:25am
IV. Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol | 11:25am – 11:40am