Global Cannabis Intellectual Property Symposium 2023

September 28-29, 2023

New Residence Hall, McGill University 3625 Park Ave, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3P8, Canada

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Unlock the Future of Cannabis Innovation at INCBA’s Global Cannabis IP Symposium at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. 

Join International Cannabis Bar Association (INCBA) for this groundbreaking two-day event dedicated to intellectual property in cannabis. Gain insights into IP protection, licensing, international treaties, and dispute resolution. Explore product innovation, health and wellness, technology, design, branding in the cannabis sector, and more.

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Learn from over 25 Speakers, including global experts of Cannabis Law and IP


invest in your legal practice with professional credits in both us and canada

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engage & Network with colleagues in sponsored breakfasts, happy hours, & roundtable/workshops.

The growth of the Cannabis sector is affected with the application of laws and regulations in different jurisdictions across the world.

Inside Global Cannabis IP Symposium, various intellectual property legal issues will be discussed by experts who have been practicing in this highly regulated field for years. Our esteemed speakers include:

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HENRY BIAN, Director, Legal Counsel (Intellectual Property) of Cronos Group Inc.

As in-house counsel, Henry has built systems to manage IP portfolios, liaise with the business to identify and protect new technologies, and help build new and existing brands.
Michael Sharp

MICHAEL SHARP, Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property, Aurora Cannabis Enterprises Inc.

Michael is a barrister and solicitor called to the bar of the Province of Alberta and is also a registered Canadian and U.S. Patent Agent and a registered Canadian TradeMark Agent.
Shabnam Malek

SHABNAM MALEK, Chief Legal Officer Nuka Enterprises, LLC

Shabnam, a co-founder and the founding President of the International Cannabis Bar Association, regularly speaks and writes on the topics of trademarks, brand expansion, regulated industries such as cannabis and hemp, and the role of women in creating change.
Laura Schniedwind

Laura Schniedwind, Director and Lead Counsel, Product, Pax Labs, Inc.

Laura is a cannabis business attorney at PAX Labs, Inc. With experience in both start-up and global corporate environments, she provides strategic and legal partnership across the company.

The symposium offers professional credits for US and Canadian Legal Practitioners

8 Sessions / 7.25 CLE in the US

Get 7.25 hours of CLE sessions (6.25hrs General + 1hr Ethics) that speak to key industry issues including:

  • International Treaties

  • Global Protection of Cannabis Brands

  • Cannabis Patents and Plant Variety Rights

  • Global Overview of Managing Cannabis Conflicts

Canada Continuous Professional Development Credit

Attendees may receive continuing education credit in the following jurisdictions:

  • British Columbia: Approved for up to 8.25 hours

  • Ontario: Application for approval of 1 hour of ethics/professionalism/practice management pending; remainder of symposium eligible for up to 7.25 hours of substantive credit

  • Quebec: Application for approval pending

Explore Cannabis regulation and intellectual property with Global Cannabis Intellectual Property Symposium 2023​

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