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.
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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LEGAL SERVICES
Shabnam Malek and Amanda Conley founded Brand & Branch LLP in 2015 to provide nimble, cost-effective intellectual property services. Brand & Branch is proud to offer high-quality services with flexible billing arrangements including flat fees and monthly subscription plans to meet the needs of early- and mid-stage companies.
Brand & Branch helps clients in the following areas:
TRADEMARK PROTECTION & REGISTRATION
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LICENSING
DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK RIGHTS
DOMAIN NAME RECOVERY
ONLINE & MOBILE PRIVACY
CONTRACTS & LICENSING
GAMING, CONTESTS, & SWEEPSTAKES
PACKAGING & MARKETING REVIEW
COPYRIGHT CLEARANCE AND REGISTRATION
ENFORCEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AGAINST INFRINGEMENT
PACKAGING & MARKETING REVIEW
DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PORTFOLIO
ASSIGNMENTS & AGREEMENTS
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, and Women Grow, where she serves as co-chair of the Bay Area chapter. She regularly speaks about intellectual property issues pertaining to the cannabis industry, and co-authored an article title, “Likelihood of Confusion – Three Areas of Uncertainty in Trademark Law,” IP Litigator, September/October 2010. Shabnam has been named a Northern California Rising Star three years in a row by Super Lawyers Magazine.
Shabnam can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 510-984-4285.
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.
Amanda can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at 510-984-4285.
Sam Berrin is an associate at Brand & Branch LLP. Sam was born and raised in San Francisco. He left briefly to attend Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York where he graduated with a concentration in intellectual property. Upon returning to the Bay Area, he spent several months providing legal services to low income artists. Later, Sam spent time sharpening his intellectual property focus as a Trademark Specialist at a large firm in the Bay Area, where he assisted clients in developing global trademark portfolios. In January 2017, Sam finally found his home working with Brand & Branch where he provides clients with trademark clearance, protection and registration, enforcement, and licensing advice.
Sam writes for the Brand & Branch blog, the California State Bar's intellectual property publications New Matter and Inevitable Disclosures, and is a chair for the Sports and Entertainment Law Barrister's Club Section for the Bar Association of San Francisco.
In his spare time, Sam can be found running trails in Golden Gate Park, watching a Giants game, or relaxing with friends. Sam can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 510-984-4285.