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Webinar: Trade Secrets in Cannabis

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October 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

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

Presented by the Cannabis Interest Group and the Trade Secrets Interest Group

Cannabusinesses have to innovate to remain competitive just as other companies do. At the heart of every innovation lie potentially protectible trade secrets.  Our webinar will help cannabusinesses and their counsel identify the potential trade secrets in this industry and learn how to protect them, including in these Covid-19 times. We’ll also discuss some of the more recent and significant trade secrets cases involving the cannabis industry to illustrate key takeaways.

Speakers: Rebecca Edelson and Robert B. Milligan

Rebecca Edelson is a partner in the Century City office of Sheppard Mullin. Bec is a seasoned business litigator whose practice also focuses on counseling clients how to avoid litigation and how to protect their intellectual property. Her clients value her ability to see the big picture, home in on the strategic options, and then focus on the best path to achieve the desired outcome. Bec prides herself in providing creative solutions that meet her clients’ business and budgetary goals. Bec has unmistakable expertise in the trade secrets arena. She leads her firm’s trade secret practice.Also, Bec “wrote the book” on trade secrets — she is co-editor and co-author of the treatise, Trade Secret Litigation and Protection in California, published by the State Bar of California, as well as its 2017 supplement on the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). In addition, she also has published a number of articles on trade secrets in the cannabis industry. Bec has also chaired the IP Section’s Executive Committee and its Trade Secrets Interest Group.

You can reach Bec at 310-228-3734 and Her online bio is at

Robert B. Milligan, a partner at Seyfarth Shaw in Century City, represents represents clients in state and federal courts in complex commercial litigation and employment litigation. Robert’s practice encompasses a wide variety of commercial litigation and employment matters, including general business and contract disputes, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, and other intellectual property theft, franchise litigation, real estate litigation, insurance bad faith, invasion of privacy, consumer and employee class actions, wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour disputes, ADA and OSHA compliance, whistleblower and SOX cases, bankruptcy, and other business torts. His practice focuses on trade secret, noncompete, and data protection litigation and transactional work on a state, national, and international platform. His experience includes trials, binding arbitrations and administrative hearings, mediations, as well as appellate proceedings. Robert also provides advice to clients concerning a variety of business and employment matters, including nondisclosure, noncompete, and invention assignment agreements, corporate investigations, trade secret and intellectual property audits, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, ADA and OSHA compliance, and an assortment of franchise and bankruptcy issues.

Robert is the editor of Seyfarth’s Trade Secret blog,

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.


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