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LES Vancouver: Panning for Gold in the Green Rush: IP Protection for the Burgeoning Marijuana Industry

When: Friday, December 8, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Where: Norton Rose Fulbright
Telus Garden
1800 - 510 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia  V6B 0M3
Contact: Gina Lupino

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Panning for Gold in the Green Rush: IP Protection for the Burgeoning Marijuana Industry

Presentation and Lunch


With the impending legalization of marijuana, there is tremendous interest in this plant that has long lurked in the shadows of illegality.  There is also significant interest in the medicinal qualities of marijuana and some of its key components, which are useful in managing chronic pain and show promise in the treatment of numerous disorders.  With such commercial interest comes a desire to invest in this sector, and to ensure that investment is protected through appropriate intellectual property rights. 


Jennifer Marles and Gina Lupino will discuss a number of tools in the IP professional’s toolkit -- including patents, plant patents, plant breeders' rights, trade secrets and trademarks -- that can potentially be used to protect marijuana-related innovations.  This talk will provide an overview of how intellectual property protection may be applied to various aspects of marijuana production, processing and use, including protection for new marijuana strains themselves.


This session is targeted at those who are involved with or have an interest in protecting intellectual property in a marijuana-related business, including innovators, technology managers, intellectual property professionals, investors, researchers, and marketing professionals.  The focus of the session will be on identifying various aspects of marijuana-related technologies that are potentially protectable, with an emphasis on illustrative US and Canadian examples.



Friday, December 8, 2017

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. 

Norton Rose Fulbright
Telus Garden
1800 - 510 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC  V6B 0M3 


LES Student Members: $15.00 ($11.66 USD)
LES Member: $25.00 ($19.43 USD)
Non-Member: $35.00 ($27.22 USD)

(Please note that registration will be processed in USD. The above rates are estimates based on the exchange rate.)


Gina Lupino
Lupino Law
 Gina Lupino of Lupino Law is an intellectual property lawyer licensed to practice in both New York and British Columbia, and licensed to practice as an attorney before the United States Patent & Trademark Office in both patent and trademark matters.  Gina is also a former U.S. patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Gina assists clients with identifying, developing and protecting valuable business assets and creative ideas using intellectual property laws in respect of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, intellectual property agreements, litigation, due diligence and intellectual property asset transfers and providing legal opinions.  In the course of applying for cannabis-related trademarks for her clients in the USPTO, Gina has had numerous discussions with the small team of U.S. trademark examiners who handle such cases, and she can provide practical practice tips for trademark applications in this field.  Gina has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in mechanical engineering from Union College and a law degree from Saint John’s University School of Law.  Gina is also the Director of IP and Legal Affairs at TRIUMF Innovations Inc., the commercialization arm of TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory for particle physics and nuclear chemistry.

Jennifer Marles
Oyen Wiggs
Jennifer Marles is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Oyen Wiggs, an intellectual property law firm based in Vancouver.   Jennifer’s practice focuses on helping companies in the biotechnology, medical device and chemical fields protect their intellectual property, including patent preparation and prosecution as well as strategic IP portfolio management, but Jennifer’s practice also covers trademarks, designs, copyright, trade secrets and intellectual property contracts.  Jennifer completed a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in biochemistry at the University of Toronto before obtaining her law degree at the University of Victoria.  Jennifer is also a registered patent and trademark agent in both Canada and the U.S.  Jennifer was awarded the Law Society Gold Medal for graduating at the top of her class in 2006 at the University of Victoria, and she also received the J. Edward Maybee Memorial prize for earning the highest mark overall on the 2009 Canadian patent agent’s qualifying examination.  Jennifer is also an adjunct professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia where she lectures on intellectual property law. 



The Vancouver chapter uses online registration for members and non-members.  Members should login to the registration page with their LES online account. 


A $5.00 USD cancellation fee is applied to all refunds.  Cancellations are non-refundable after December 6.  Substitutions will be accepted.  Contact LES at (703) 234-4058 for assistance. 


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