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Webinar: Higher IP: Canadian Intellectual Property Requirements for Cannabis

September 28 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

1 Participatory MCLE Credits

The presentation will cover a comprehensive overview of the current standards for protecting intellectual property for cannabis in Canada. The presentation will discuss current trends for trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and other types of intellectual property as they relate to the Canadian cannabis industry. The panelists will also address developments with cannabis-related intellectual property litigation.

Non-Member Price – $75.00
Member Price – $55.00

Speakers: Christopher Dejardin and Jason Moscovici
Moderator: Luke Zimmerman, Esq., Zimmerman


Christopher Dejardin is a trademark agent and shareholder at Cassan Maclean IP Agency Inc., a boutique IP firm located in Ottawa, Canada  

Chris’ practice includes all aspects of trademark prosecution including searching and clearance, filing, oppositions and cancellation proceedings. He is a recognized leader on Internet and domain name issues including registration and arbitration of domain names.  

Chris is actively involved with the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), where he has served as Chair of the Bulletin Committee and as Chair of the Trademark Agent Training Committee (TMATC), responsible for the preparation and performance of online courses directed to the continuing education of the agent profession in Canada, and as a former Member of the Trademarks Examination Board responsible for the development and administration of the qualifying exams for trademark agents in Canada. Chris has been a frequent speaker on various topics related to Canadian trademark practice and has been a workshop leader at the McGill University summer courses in IP for several years.  

Chris has been recognized as one of the world’s leading trademark practitioners by World Trademark Reporter’s Top 1000 (WTR 1000) publication.

Jason Moscovici is a Partner, lawyer, and biochemist with Canadian Law firm ROBIC, LLP. He practices intellectual property and regulatory compliance in highly specialized regulated industries such as food, alcohol, cannabis, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, and natural health products. Jason’s focus on the valorization and enforcement of intellectual property, as well as the numerous compliance issues that orbit regulated industries, have allowed him to become one of the most trusted legal advisors to the emerging global cannabis industry. His perspectives on compliance, innovation, intellectual property, and the commercial hurdles related specifically to the area of controlled substances, old and new, are routinely solicited by stakeholders in this space. Jason leads ROBIC`s regulatory compliance and cannabis groups. He also sits on the life sciences committee of the firm.

Luke Zimmerman Esq. LL.M is the president of The Law Office of Luke S. Zimmerman APC. The focus of his legal practice is assisting entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry with protecting their intellectual property rights. He has lectured extensively, both domestically and internationally, about emerging issues relating to the protection of cannabis intellectual property.

Luke obtained his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Oregon at Eugene and then graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, in San Diego California. After law school, Luke attended classes at Oaksterdam University in Oakland. Luke’s interest in international trade and investment law led him to the Netherlands where he obtained a Master of Laws from the The University of Amsterdam. Luke considers himself to be a lifelong student, which is why in 2020 he obtained a second Master of Laws from the Turin School of Development, a WIPO Academy Member, in intellectual property. The focus of his final project was exploring harmonization issues with trademark classes as they relate to cannabis goods and services in the Nice Classification
System.

In 2019 Luke was identified Luke as a specialist in his field by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and invited to participate in a working group to establish standards for the California Appellations Program for cannabis. Luke currently co-chairs the International Cannabis Bar Associations Appellations Committee. He also founded and still teaches, the intellectual property section at Oaksterdam University.

A core mission of the Law Office of Luke S. Zimmerman is drug policy reform, which is why Luke volunteered on the Clemency Project 2014, where he successfully assisted a client in receiving a commutation of a life sentence from President Obama.

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