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Webinar: Introduction to IP & Cannabis Law

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This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.

Presented by the Cannabis Interest Group

**Use code IP012920 for a special discount**

This introductory webinar will provide an overview of how the four basic intellectual property tools (trademarks, copyrights, patents, & trade secrets) are being deployed by the legal cannabis industry in the U.S. (with a focus on California businesses and entrepreneurs). Time permitting, this webinar will also address some related IP licensing and litigation issues. This webinar is intended to provide a foundation for a number of future webinars that will delve into each of the main subject areas in greater detail.

David Branfman has been practicing law in San Diego County for over thirty years. Mr. Branfman’s practice focuses on intellectual property and entertainment law, including trademarks, domain names, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, motion pictures & TV, and music.

Mr. Branfman graduated Cum Laude from Alfred University in New York and received his law degree from the University of San Diego in 1978. He is an instructor on intellectual property law at the UCSD (University of California, San Diego) Executive Perspective for Scientists & Engineers program. Mr. Branfman is a member of the NORML Legal Committee and has spoken several times at NORML Legal Committee conferences. He was for many years a member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit San Diego Music Foundation which sponsors the San Diego Music Thing and San Diego Music Awards. He was Chairman of the Board of the San Diego Film Commission from 1998 – January 2000 and was a member of the Board of Directors from 1998 – 2007. He was Legal Chair of the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Television Academy for approximately two decades and is a member of the State Bar of California’s Intellectual Property Section and its Executive Committee which helps to guide and govern the Section. He is a regular speaker at Comic-Con and has lectured or spoken on entertainment, intellectual property and Internet Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and California Western School of Law.

Matthew C. Lapple is a US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO)-registered attorney who has prosecuted patents and trademarks and has litigated patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret cases for his clients. He also has negotiated and drafted a variety of intellectual-property licensing and software-development agreements and prepared non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) for clients. Matt is experienced in a wide variety of technology areas and has litigated patent cases in the fields of software, medical devices, wireless communications, and semiconductors.

Matt also has litigated a wide range of non-intellectual issues important to technology companies, including anonymous on-line trade libel, breach of software license, responding to computer hacking attacks, and the defense of a consumer class action lawsuit for allegedly defective disk drives.

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