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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 the NCBA:

Cannabis Now: Lawyers Cultivate A Community

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

See Shabnam and Amanda interviewed on the Investing in Cannabis Show!

SF Evergreen: Cultivating A Women-Friendly Industry

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

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

East Bay Express: National Cannabis Bar Association Launches Today

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:

BRANDING

TRADEMARK CLEARANCE 

TRADEMARK PROTECTION & REGISTRATION

TRADEMARK ENFORCEMENT

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LICENSING

DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK RIGHTS

DOMAIN NAME RECOVERY

COMPLIANCE

ONLINE & MOBILE PRIVACY 

CONTRACTS & LICENSING

GAMING, CONTESTS, & SWEEPSTAKES

PACKAGING & MARKETING REVIEW

 

 

CREATIVE CONTENT

COPYRIGHT CLEARANCE AND REGISTRATION

ENFORCEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AGAINST INFRINGEMENT 

PACKAGING & MARKETING REVIEW

DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PORTFOLIO

ASSIGNMENTS & AGREEMENTS

 

SHABNAM MALEK

ATTORNEY

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 shabnam@brandandbranch.com or by phone at 510-984-4285.

 

 

 

 

 

AMANDA R. CONLEY

ATTORNEY

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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