Next Monday in Orlando, Florida, Alison Malsbury, our lead cannabis IP attorney, will be speaking at the 2016 INTA Annual Meeting on cannabis trademark issues. Alison will be part of the Pharmaceutical Marijuana Law – Branding, Marketing and Regulatory Issues panel that will be introducing IP practitioners to federal and state cannabis laws, and will cover both domestic and international trademark issues unique to the industry. Registration for the event is open through the end of this week.
INTA is by far the leading association of international trademark lawyers and we could not be prouder of Alison for being selected to speak on cannabis IP at its annual event.
Alison will be delving into the issues trademark lawyers face when practicing in the cannabis industry, including the federal versus state law conflict, difficulties in obtaining federal trademark protection, a breakdown of the USPTO’s basis for refusing cannabis trademarks, state trademarks, and the complexities of trademark licensing deals.
The panel will be moderated by Lisa Martens, a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Sheppard Mullin. Fellow panelists also include Tamar Todd, Senior Director of the Office of Legal Affairs at Drug Policy Alliance, and Charles Gielen, an attorney with Amsterdam-based firm NautaDutilh and a professor in IP law at Groningen University.
We have written extensively on intellectual property law and branding issues in the cannabis industry, and a compilation of those articles can be found here.