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BRAND & BRANCH LLP®

intellectual property legal services

Photo credit: Gracie Malley and Cannabis Now Magazine

Photo credit: Gracie Malley and Cannabis Now Magazine

Shabnam Malek and Amanda Conley founded Brand & Branch LLP in 2015 to provide
high-quality, nimble, and cost-effective intellectual property services.

Brand & Branch offers its services with flexible billing arrangements including flat fees and monthly subscription plans to meet the needs of early- and mid-stage companies.

This is the story of how we got here.

2010  We met in 2010 when Amanda began working at O'Melveny & Myers LLP in San Francisco, where Shabnam was an associate. Both of us worked in the Intellectual Property and Technology group, handling both intellectual property litigation and trademark transactions work.

2012  In January 2012, Shabnam moved to Cobalt LLP in Berkeley where she honed her skills in trademark prosecution, privacy, and gaming law. Amanda took over Shabnam's position at O'Melveny and handled several IP litigation matters for large technology companies. 

2013  Amanda joined Shabnam at Cobalt in 2013. In Spring 2014, we began developing strong relationships in the cannabis business community. Soon, we were attending and speaking at cannabis industry events throughout the country. We speak regularly on labeling and advertising issues, trademark protection and enforcement, and copyright matters in the cannabis industry. In July, we were asked to launch the Bay Area chapter of Women Grow, a national organization founded to promote women entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry. The Bay Area chapter was the second Women Grow chapter to launch. 

2014  In late 2014, Shabnam and Amanda teamed up with several colleagues to found the National Cannabis Bar Association, the first national lawyers group focused on the practice of cannabis business law. NCBA officially launched on June 30, 2015.

2015  In May 2015, we founded Brand & Branch LLP.

 

Read more about us, our involvement with Women Grow, and NCBA:

KAISTARA Women on Purpose: Shabnam Malek and Amanda Conley

Cannabis Now: Lawyers Cultivate A Community

SF Evergreen: Cultivating A Women-Friendly Industry

San Jose Mercury News: Bay Area Lawyers Launch Cannabis Bar Association

 

Listen to us discuss all things cannabis IP:

The Cannabis Podcast: Growing Your Law Practice with Shabnam and Amanda

Brand & Branch on the Cannabis Economy Podcast 

AltLegal Trademark Podcast

Investing in Cannabis Show

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LEGAL SERVICES

Brand & Branch was formed by two big law expats. We understand and appreciate the quality legal services and client commitment that characterize large law firms but we don t think good things have to come with big price tags. Instead, we founded Brand & Branch to provide high-quality, nimble, and cost-effective intellectual property legal services to meet the needs of companies of all sizes and in all stages. We believe a boutique law firm can provide the kind of personalized and professional experience that truly benefits our clients.

The attorneys at Brand & Branch have experience with both litigation and transactions. This mix of experience distinguishes us and gives us a unique perspective on counseling, deal making, and disputes. We provide legal counseling from a holistic, 360-degree perspective because we've seen all sides of a deal gone right and gone wrong. We understand that business can't ignore legal, and legal shouldn't alienate business. Our assets rest with our understanding of this relationship. 

The partners at Brand & Branch have extensive experience counseling clients on intellectual property issues with an emphasis in the cannabis, dietary supplements, gaming, food and beverage, technology, retail, and publishing industries. For more information about the firm's services, click here.

Brand & Branch helps clients in the following areas:

TRADEMARK

BRAND SELECTION

TRADEMARK CLEARANCE, PROTECTION, & REGISTRATION

BRAND ENFORCEMENT

DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK RIGHTS

CONTRACTS & AGREEMENTS

IP LICENSING AGREEMENTS

IP TRANSFERS & ASSIGNMENTS 

TERMS OF USE, PRIVACY POLICIES, AND END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENTS

CELEBRITY ENDORSEMENT CONTRACTS

MARKETING & DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENTS

INTERNET

ONLINE & MOBILE PRIVACY

SAFE HARBOR REGISTRATION

DOMAIN NAME RECOVERY

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLE ACQUISITION

 

COPYRIGHT

COPYRIGHT CLEARANCE AND REGISTRATION

COPYRIGHT ENFORCEMENT

DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT PORTFOLIO

 

ADVERTISING COMPLIANCE

PROMOTIONS, CONTESTS, & SWEEPSTAKES

PACKAGING & LABELING

ADVERTISING & MARKETING REVIEW

FTC REGULATIONS

DISPUTES

TRADEMARK & COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

TRADE SECRET MISAPPROPRIATION

BREACH OF CONTRACT

DOMAIN NAME DISPUTES

FALSE ADVERTISING & UNFAIR COMPETITION

PRIVACY & RIGHT OF PUBLICITY

LIBEL & DEFAMATION

SHABNAM MALEK

Partner

Shabnam Malek is a partner at Brand & Branch LLP and President of the National Cannabis Bar Association. She advises clients on domestic and international trademark clearance, registration, and enforcement. She also represents clients in disputes, develops worldwide expansion strategies, and negotiates and drafts agreements, including settlement agreements, co-existence agreements, trademark license agreements, and interstate license agreements. In addition to trademark law, Shabnam practices promotions law, privacy law, and all things internet.   

Shabnam's professional affiliations include the International Trademark Association and California Bar Association, where she serves on committees, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Lawyers Guild, the Queen’s Bench, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and Women Grow, where she served as a founding co-chair of the Bay Area chapter. She regularly speaks about intellectual property issues pertaining to the cannabis industry and on trademark protection matters generally. Shabnam has been named a Northern California Rising Star three years in a row by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Shabnam can be reached at shabnam@brandandbranch.com or by phone at 510-984-4285.

The Recorder: National Cannabis Bar Association's Shabnam Malek

Cosmopolitan: Why This Woman Is Bringing Together Lawyers Across the Country to Serve the Marijuana Industry

 

 

 

 

 

AMANDA R. CONLEY

Partner

Amanda Conley is a partner at Brand & Branch LLP and Founding Treasurer of the National Cannabis Bar Association.  Amanda has a diversified practice focused on intellectual property and legal issues in emerging technologies and in the cannabis industry, including trademark and copyright counseling, enforcement, and litigation; advising on privacy and data security practices; recovering domain names through Uniform Dispute Resolution Proceedings; and representing clients in district court litigation and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Amanda has represented a variety of companies including large computer software and hardware companies, cannabis-infused edibles producers, start-ups focusing on technology, cannabis, home design, education, and gaming, and a major grocery store chain. Amanda speaks on privacy and intellectual property issues and at cannabis industry conferences. 

Before attending law school, Amanda worked as a statistician for the Institute of Behavioral Sciences in Boulder, Colorado. Amanda also co-founded the Bay Area chapter of Women Grow.

Amanda can be reached at amanda@brandandbranch.com or by phone at 510-984-4285.

 
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What Our Clients Say

 

Dependable, professional, and knowledgeable are the characteristics that best describe the level of service I receive from Brand & Branch. 
Knowing that the foundation of my company is being protected by the Brand & Branch legal team allows me the opportunity to focus on my clients without having to think twice about legal issues. 

Aviv Raphael, Founder, ONA.life


As a newbie to the cannabis industry, I met Amanda and Shabnam at a Women Grow event and was immediately enamored by how their all-inclusive educations paired with their graceful and humorous personalities. In one breath, they can clarify the intimate details of establishing a trademark while also talking about supporting women's rights in the workplace, followed shortly after by a perfectly placed pun.
And now as a director at an established cannabis brand, I am so happy to have them in our extended family/team. Amanda and Shabnam effortlessly and patiently guide our team through the madness that is the legal system. There are so many moving parts with small businesses. Working with Amanda and Shabnam has allowed us to refocus our energy on what matters most, building and growing.

Jess Cosca, Creative Director, Auntie Dolores + Treatibles


 

Shabnam and Amanda are some of the most qualified and passionate attorneys I know who provide intellectual property and related guidance to cannabis businesses. Their knowledge of the IP landscape for cannabis companies today is unparalleled. As a California business and compliance attorney working in the cannabis space, I find myself routinely referring my clients to Shabnam and Amanda to address their IP-related needs, always with fantastic results.
Not only are Shabnam and Amanda skilled and experienced professionals — they are also an absolute pleasure to work with. My clients come away from their conversations with Shabnam and Amanda newly invigorated, with a full understanding of their rights, risks, and strategic options for leveraging their IP in the emerging cannabis industry. 

Kimberly R. Simms, Esq., The Law Office of Kimberly R. Simms