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Intellectual Property Law 101
for the Coffee Industry

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Webinar Recording   Presentation Slides

Despite the importance of intellectual property law, many coffee roasters, importers, retailers and distributors overlook its application to the coffee industry. This webinar will help explain the ways companies can protect: their “house mark” and “subsidiary marks;” product labels and packaging; graphic elements in a logo, roasting time and methodology, coffee blends, flavor additives and much more.

This webinar will highlight:

  • Intellectual Property (“IP”) Law Basics
  • IP Law for Coffee Roasters, Importers and Distributors
  • Copyright Law for the Coffee Industry
  • Patent Law for the Coffee Industry
  • Trade Secret Law for the Coffee Industry



Luca Hickman, Associate, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.

Luca is a registered U.S. patent attorney and a Canadian foreign Trademark Agent at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. in Fort Myers. After graduating with degrees in electrical engineering from universities in both the U.S. and Germany, he earned his Juris Doctorate from the Ave Maria School of Law – graduating first in his class.

With his scientific background, Luca understands the unique technical and legal challenges his clients face, and uses that knowledge to represent engineers, architects and other design professionals against design defect and professional liability claims. He also works with inventors, artists and musicians in high profile matters, including multi-million dollar mergers and acquisitions involving publicly traded companies and celebrities, oversees the creation and management of global intellectual property portfolios, brand licensing and anti-counterfeiting work, and was called upon to assist in a complex U.S. Supreme Court case.