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Webinar: Cannabis Goes to Court: IP Litigation Round-Up and Lessons Learned from 2022
December 8, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
1 Participatory MCLE Credits
While cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, nearly twenty states have passed laws authorizing the adult use of cannabis products, and nearly 40 states allow medical cannabis use. As the industry ramps up across the U.S., so, too do IP disputes, all against a backdrop of state-by-state rules and federal prohibition. On this panel, top IP litigators will share their experiences and best practices for navigating IP disputes involving cannabis. Hear how state and federal courts are responding to these tricky disputes, and learn some best practices for addressing infringement in an industry where things operate a bit differently.
Non-Member Price – $75.00
Member Price – $55.00
Speakers: Hannah M. Stitt and Joshua Masur
Moderator: Amanda Conley
Hannah M. Stitt
Hannah Stitt is a partner at Tectonic, LLP in San Francisco, California. She focuses her practice on litigation and disputes involving trademarks, copyrights, privacy rights and related business claims. Ms. Stitt regularly practices in the state and federal courts of California, as well as before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Ms. Stitt graduated with Honors from the University of California Davis in 2010, earning degrees in Religious Studies and Film Studies. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 2015, concentrating in intellectual property law.
Ms. Stitt joined the legal community serving the cannabis industry in 2012. As the cannabis industry grew, her law practice evolved from deal-making and compliance work into litigation over intellectual property rights. She has educated attorneys about cannabis industry issues since 2018.
Currently, Hannah sits on the Ethics Committee for the International Cannabis Bar Association, and the Barrister’s Cannabis and Alcohol committee for the Bar Association of San Francisco. She is also active with the cannabis interest group for the Intellectual Property Law section of the California Lawyers Association.
Joshua Masur, head of Zuber Lawler’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, focuses his practice on patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret litigation, as well as general business litigation for established and emerging technology and cannabis companies. For nearly two decades, Mr. Masur has represented a wide variety of companies before trial and appeals courts, before administrative bodies, and in private arbitration and mediation.
Josh is a past president of the Bay Area Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, the premier organization in Northern California dedicated to fostering skills, professionalism, collegiality, and ethics among the IP bar. He currently chairs the Patent Litigation Policy Subcommittee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and is a member of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, including its committees on Patent, Copyright, and Trademark Litigation and Legislation. He has been included in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2017, and in Northern California SuperLawyers since 2011. He also currently serves as the Assistant National Legal Advisor to the National Ski Patrol and was previously an elected member of the organization’s Board of Directors and its national Treasurer.
Amanda Conley, Moderator
Amanda R. Conley is the founder of Conley Law, a boutique intellectual property and advertising law firm. Prior to founding Conley Law, Amanda was a founding partner at Brand & Branch LLP and co-founder of the International Cannabis Bar Association. She helps creative entrepreneurs across a variety of industries protect, leverage, and enforce their intellectual property. She specializes in helping clients navigate highly regulated industries such as cannabis, hemp, dietary supplements, and new and emerging technologies. She also advises on advertising, marketing, website, and labeling compliance in addition to providing general transactional legal services.