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Stacy Papadopoulos
, Interim CEO, General Counsel, and Senior Vice President, Consumer Brands Association
Andrew J. Kline, Firmwide Co-Chair, Cannabis Industry Group, Perkins Coie LLP

Program Description:
This program—the third in WLF’s Taking the Initiative on IP Protection series—addresses the consumer-product and cannabis industries’ strategic response to the proliferation of THC-containing edibles sold in packaging that resembles well-known candy and other food brands. Our panelists will discuss the extent of the practice’s threat to legitimate businesses and public health, the challenges of trademark protection through litigation, and the role that federal and state law enforcement and other agencies can play. They will also discuss the potential for legislative solutions at the federal and state levels.

About the Taking the Initiative on IP Protection Series:
WLF’s Taking the Initiative on IP Protection webinar series features moderated discussions with industry leaders on businesses’ use of strategic litigation, voluntary agreements, and other proactive initiatives to safeguard their intellectual property. The series is premised on two notions. First, the free-enterprise system depends on private-property ownership and the right to enjoy the benefits from contributions to scientific and intellectual advancement. Second, intellectual-property owners cannot rely solely on government-initiated criminal or civil enforcement of intellectual property laws.