I have extensive (8+ years) experience representing the largest cannabis companies in the world, in all aspects of their businesses.
Prior to founding WINTER LLP, Mr. Winter served as General Counsel to Kittrich Corporation for seven years at its worldwide headquarters in Southern California. Kittrich is a multi-national privately held consumer-products company with offices located throughout the U.S., Canada, China and Hong Kong and has over 500 employees.
Todd earned his B.A. in Economics, with Minors in Japanese and Marketing from the University of Iowa in 1993. Shortly thereafter he started his first career in the high-tech software industry. During the mid-90’s, he worked for two international (Israel and UK) software companies until he ultimately landed in California where he worked as the Western Regional Manager N.A. for a Belgian software and hardware manufacturer in the printing and packaging industry. Todd worked in this capacity prior to and during law school at Chapman University School of Law, where he earned his J.D. in December 2003.
While at Chapman, Mr. Winter focused on business and international law, receiving certificates in 2002 from the University of San Diego School of Law for his studies in Barcelona, Spain on International and Comparative Law; and in 2003 from the University of Santa Clara School of Law for his studies in Tokyo, Japan on International Intellectual Property Law. Also in 2003, Mr. Winter worked for a Vietnamese law firm, VILAF – Hong Duc, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he focused on foreign business investment in Vietnam. Upon his return to California, he clerked for the Honorable James J. Di Cesare, an Orange County Superior Court Judge.
Mr. Winter was admitted to the California Bar in June of 2004 and the Arizona Bar in May 2005. He is also a founding member of the NCIA.
Since trademarks are granted in a category and cannabis is illegal at the federal level, is it possble to get a trademark for a cannabis related product?