Intellectual Property Law

IP Section Forms New Cannabis IP Interest Group

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The IP Section is pleased to announce the formation of a new interest group that will focus on intellectual property issues in the cannabis industry. The Cannabis Intellectual Property Law Interest Group (“Cannabis IP IG”) will provide education and networking opportunities to IP Law Section members in all areas of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights, with a focus on the cannabis industry. In particular, the Cannabis IP IG is designed to encourage a timely exchange of legal information in this rapidly evolving area of law, to provide a centralized forum and resource for all lawyers, judges, law students and paralegals in the state of California who are interested in obtaining useful and up-to-date information about the intellectual property law legal issues involved in this developing industry, and to provide those that practice in this area and those that are interested in this area an opportunity to network with others in the industry. The IP Section is proud to continue its tradition of helping to lead the way in the dissemination of information and the exploration of cutting edge legal issues in California – and the world. 

David Branfman of Branfman Mayfield Bustarde Reichenthal LLP in Solana Beach and Elizabeth J. Rest of Crown, LLP in San Francisco have been named Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of the Cannabis IP IG. For more information and to join the new Cannabis IP IG, please contact Dave at or Elizabeth at

The Cannabis IP IG plans to offer monthly telephone call-in meetings at noon on the first Thursday of the month for all interested lawyers, judges, paralegals, and law students, as well as live seminars and webinars on the host of challenging intellectual property law issues that are confronting cannabis businesses and entrepreneurs and their lawyers almost on a weekly basis, together with a variety of networking opportunities. To participate in the calls dial (855) 520-7605 and use the passcode 1211276419#.

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