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Webinar: Trademarks & 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 and Trademark Interest Group

This follow-up to the Cannabis Interest Group’s introductory webinar will provide a deeper examination of how the complex web of federal and state laws pertaining to trademarks, service marks, and trade dress are being utilized 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 trademark licensing and litigation issues.

Moderator: David Branfman

Mary Shapiro started her law firm in San Francisco in 2009 after ten years at Townsend and Townsend and Crew, LLP. Mary is the founder of Evoke Law where she counsels a broad range of clients in owning, enforcing, protecting and profiting from their intellectual property – with a particular emphasis on providing IP advice to the legal cannabis industry.

Shabnam Malek is a partner at Brand & Branch LLP. Her background is in trademark law, and she cut her teeth on all things intellectual property as an associate at O’Melveny & Myers in San Francisco. While at OMM, Shabnam developed a broad practice in ITC enforcement, district court litigation, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board disputes, and trademark prosecution strategy. Since her days in “big law,” Shabnam has expanded her practice to include promotions and sweepstakes law, advertising law, and the representation of lawful cannabis and hemp companies throughout the United States.

Mary and Shabnam are co-founders of the International Cannabis Bar Association and have both been providing guidance about trademark law (and other IP matters) to the legal cannabis community in California for a number of years.

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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