On December 13, 2017, please join us for a panel discussion on special issues concerning the protection of trademarks and other intellectual property in mobile applications. The panel will explore hot topics for brand owners working in the limited real estate of mobile devices, including evolving trademark use conventions, recent case law developments, and special considerations in gameplay. This panel of all-stars will share their experiences navigating the cutting edge of these issues. The panel will conclude with a question & answer session, followed by hors-d'oeuvres and refreshments.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017  |  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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Frank Goldberg
Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property, Zynga

Kat McGowan
Global Trademark Counsel, LinkedIn

Matt Stratton
Associate General Counsel, Snap, Inc.


Thomas Harvey
Intellectual Property Litigation Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

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On January 11, 2018, intellectual property attorney Lawrence Siskind will be presenting The Nuts and Bolts of Trademark Law with the Intellectual Property Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco. This annual presentation provides a comprehensive and occasionally idiosyncratic overview of trademark law. Referencing literary classics to illustrate its points, the presentation covers basic principles of trademark law and litigation, registration procedures, and "legal frontier" issues. 

Registration required. Click here for full event information and registration. MCLE credit available.

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On November 16, 2017, real estate attorney Scott Greenwood-Meinert will moderate a panel on "Land Use, Land Use Law, County Ordinances, and Permitting" at The Seminar Group's The Business of Wine event. 

About The Business of Wine:
The vineyard and winery business has been teeming with acquisitions and mergers over the last year – the pace of transactions barely outpacing the rumors of the next deal. The morning sessions look at the participants in this “frenzy” – longstanding industry players consolidating, as well as newer categories of capital entering the arena – and the impacts on land and vineyard values. The afternoon sessions will update attendees on legal nuances for the new and experienced industry participants – permitting, land use and county ordinances, and protecting assets (including trademarking, IP, and licensing).

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There is a lot in the news about possible tax legislation. The Napa offices of Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP and the Napa Valley Community Foundation will discuss an up-to-the-minute discussion of the proposed tax legislation, and general tax planning strategies during these uncertain times. Topics will include income tax, estate and gift tax, and California and local tax planning. The panel will consider the latest proposals and tweets. This presentation is going to be HUGE!

Thursday, November 9, 2017  |  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


6526 Yount Street
Yountville, CA 94599 


Terence P. Mulligan
Chief Executive Officer, Napa Valley Community Foundation

Charles W. Meibeyer
Real Estate Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

Jeffry A. Bernstein
Tax Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

Philip B. Feldman
Family Wealth Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP


4:00 pm - Registration and Refreshments
4:30 pm - Program and Q&A
5:30 pm - Wine and Hors D'Oeuvres Reception

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Rise & Shine 2017

Presented by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass and the American Association of Advertising Agencies

Thursday, October 26, 2017  |  8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass and the American Association of Advertising Agencies / 4A's are hosting our 8th annual morning program, featuring speakers representing both traditional and new media, including the president of the Radio Advertising Bureau, the founders of a pioneering influencer marketing agency, the founder of a social responsibility strategy firm, and the new president of the 4A's, as well as a short film on one of San Francisco's most influential advertising executives, Howard Gossage.

View the full program here

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Hosted with the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC), this panel will discuss the experiences and perspectives of borrowers and lenders on evaluating different types of financing sources and finding the right match between a borrower and lender in a changing marketplace.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Erica Weber, Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

Richard W. Daniel, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank
Jennifer Eskilden, Vice President, Capital Markets, Carmel Partners
Jory Halperin, Director, Northwestern Mutual Real Estate
Drew Hudacek, Chief Investment Officer, Development Properties, Sares Regis Group
Kyle Jeffers, Managing Director, ACORE Capital

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm    Registration & Networking
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm    Seminar and Q&A
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm    Networking Reception

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Whether big or small, all apparel companies are using (or mis-using?) social media or not sufficiently protecting their creative work. Join attorneys Karen Frank and Lindsay Gehman to discuss intellectual property, social media and privacy issues for apparel businesses.

Tue, April 11, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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What You’ll Learn:

  • How to protect your work: Copyright? Trademark? Patent?
  • Legal Issues an apparel company should know about when using social media
  • What’s fair in use of other people’s content on your website or app
  • What you need to know if you collect customers’ private information

Presented in partnership with SFMade. 

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On November 16, 2016, real estate attorney Misti Schmidt presented on "Carbon Credits in Conservation Easements" and "Recent Court Cases Affecting Land Trusts and Donations" at the California Council of Land Trusts Conservation Law Forum, hosted by Save the Redwoods League in San Francisco.

The Conservation Law Forum is a roundtable discussion among attorneys with land trusts, state and regional agencies and firms to learn, discuss and help shape conservation law in California.

Click to view the presentation materials: 
Recent Court Cases Affecting Land Trusts and Donations
Carbon Credits in Conservation Easements
Forest Carbon Offset Summary

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Rise & Shine 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Presented by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass and the American Association of Advertising Agencies

This year's 7th annual morning get-together with Coblentz and the 4A's featured some of the best known advertising and marketing experts of our day, offering a broad cross-section of experience and insight.

View full program and speaker details here.

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Join us for a practical information session reviewing new and existing employment law regulations and their impact on vineyards and wineries.

Thursday, November 17, 2016  |  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CIA at Copia
500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559

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On September 12, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1066, changing the overtime rules for agricultural employers and employees in California. The ag overtime law is the latest of a string of environmental and labor regulations enacted and taking effect in the past few years that are changing the economics of agriculture. We will also review meal and rest period, pay stub, seating, transportation and housing issues, as well as which work order applies and the evolving trend of joint employer liability that can force the winery and vineyard owner to pay for a staffing agency's or labor contractor's violations.

This session will provide an overview of current regulations and practical guidance on their interpretation and implementation.


Charmaine Yu
Employment Law Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

Peter Nissen
President, California Farm Labor Contractor Association;
Founder, Nissen Vineyard Services Inc.

Stephen Lanctot
Employment Law Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

4:00 pm - Registration
4:30 pm - Program and Q&A
5:30 pm - Wine Reception

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