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Christian Chessman is a patent litigator in DLA Piper based out of Palo Alto, California. Christian’s litigation practice covers a vast array of technologies in federal courts nationwide. Before joining DLA Piper, Christian clerked for Chief Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, where he worked on six patent trials, including the first jury trial on patent-eligible subject matter in the history of the United States. Christian’s scholarship on technology law has been cited as authority in state and federal courts around the country, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as well as state appellate courts in California and New York.

In this inaugural article we will introduce each type of intellectual property protection and set out some preliminary questions raised by the legalization of hemp. In the series of posts which follow, we will explore the answers to those questions and continually update those answers as the hemp and CBD regulatory and legal landscape continues to evolve.
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