2/2 - PM Plenary: Nutrition

February 2, 2023 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM


Aragon ll

Munch on This! Insights into IP and Regulatory Issues Surrounding Nutritional Products in the U.S. and Beyond


So, your client’s developed a nutritional product. What should they do next? The experts on this panel will examine strategies for procuring and enforcing patent protection for nutritional products, challenges in branding and labeling of such products, and international requirements such as designation of origin and geographical indication.

Moderator: Rachel Kahler, General Mills, Minneapolis, MN



Abby Meyer, Sheppard Mullin, Costa Mesa
Justin Jardine, Knobbe Martens, San Diego, CA
Courtenay Brinckerhoff, Foley & Lardner, Washington, DC
Christian Thomae, Dumont, Mexico City, Mexico


3:40-3:55 PM - Coffee Break


Step Right Up! Delve into Strategies for a Mock Nutritional Product


Ok, so here’s the client. Get ready to advise! We will have an interesting interactive discussion on the launch of a fabulous
“new” nutritional product.

Special thanks to FDAImports.com for providing the fabulous “new” nutritional product for our discussion!

Presenter: Benjamin England, FDAImports.com, Glen Burnie, MD


  • Kahlersquare200 Kahler, Rachel

    General Mills | Patent Agent

    Dr. Rachel Kahler is a registered U.S. patent agent with General Mills, Inc. in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area. Dr. Kahler joined General Mills in 2013, after working for more than 7 years in law firms preparing and prosecuting patent applications and having support roles in portfolio management, litigation, and freedom to operate investigations. Over more than 15 years, Dr. Kahler has worked with a variety of technologies, but currently focuses on food, biotechnology, and chemistry-related patent prosecution and portfolio management.
  • Meyer, Abby

    Sheppard Mullin | Partner

    Abby Meyer is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group at Sheppard Mullin and the co-lead for the firm's Food and Beverage team. A seasoned litigator, she specializes in defending against consumer class actions targeting the food industry and in litigating complex civil business disputes. Ms. Meyer specializes in defending companies against consumer class actions targeting product information found on the labels of packaged goods or associated advertising materials. For instance, she has defended claims such as "natural," "vanilla," "Made in USA," "flushable," and sustainability claims. She has also defended against alleged slack fill, underfill, Proposition 65, and health halo class actions.
  • Jardine, Jason

    Knobbe Martens | Partner

    JASON J. JARDINE is a Partner of the San Diego office of Knobbe Martens, one of the top intellectual property firms in the nation and worldwide. Mr. Jardine represents a diverse clientele in all aspects of intellectual property acquisition, protection and enforcement across the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Jardine’s experience spans the full range of life science disciplines, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, neutraceuticals and medical devices, and also chemistry, clean technology and hydrogen fuel cells, semiconductors, metal works/mining, action sports and fashion. He is skilled in the area of computer science inventions related to hospital and emergency data management and the gamification of data.
  • Brinckerhoff_square200 Brinckerhoff, Courtenay

    Foley & Lardner LLP | Partner

    Courtenay Brinckerhoff is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, a Vice Chair of the firm’s IP Department, and immediate past Vice Chair of the firm’s Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice. Over the past 25 years, Courtenay has represented clients in the life sciences space before the U.S. Patent Office, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, including in a multi-party interference proceeding, PTAB trial proceedings, and ANDA litigation. She also is the editor and primary author for the firm’s PharmaPatents blog.
  • Thomae, Christian

    Dumont | Partner

    Christian is an Attorney at Law specialized in Intellectual Property since 1998. He is currently Partner and Head of Trademarks at Dumont, firm he joined in 2016. With a very strong focus on trademarks and geographical indications, but also fluent in cultural misappropriation, copyright and other fields of IP and associated litigation, he has assisted IP holders throughout the years with the protection of their rights globally, acquiring vast experience in developing protection strategies according to the needs of each client to achieve their secure entry into and permanence in different markets. He also has experience in e-commerce, domain names, UDRP and LDRP proceedings and matters related to the protection of rights on the Internet.
  • England, Benjamin

    FDAImports.com, LLC. | CEO & Founder

    Mr. England is the CEO and Founder of Benjamin L. England & Associates, LLC and FDAImports.com, LLC. He routinely represents domestic and foreign companies of all sizes before federal and state regulatory agencies, assisting them in complying with all FDA, CBP, USDA, FTC, EPA, and state requirements. His representation enables his clients to better make, market and move highly regulated products into and around the USA including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, dietary supplements, foods and cosmetics. With over 100 years of former FDA experience in house, his firms, Benjamin L. England & Associates, LLC and FDAImports.com, LLC, have extensive experience in all areas of FDA and CBP compliance as well as pre-market filings (drugs, devices, and dietary supplements) including INDs, IDEs, 510(k)s and EUAs for COVID-related medical products).