Dr. Kristin Beale is a patent litigator for DLA Piper based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Beale’s practice focuses principally on Hatch-Waxman litigation in federal court, as well as administrative proceedings before the USPTO. Prior to practicing law, Dr. Beale was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital where her projects focused on using a structural biology approach to develop malaria vaccines. Dr. Beale received her Ph.D. from Brown University (high honors) where her graduate research focused on the molecular mechanisms of gamete fusion and pollen genetics in flowering plants.

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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