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Conflicting State and Federal Laws May Result in Crippling Blows to Business in the Marijuana Industry - October 6, 2015

Marijuana is clearly a big business, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We all know branding and protecting your trademarks are important for any business. However, for a business dealing with "taboo" products -i.e., marijuana-building a brand and controlling the brand is particularly important. Read More »


How to Properly Use Your Trademark -- Part I - June 17, 2015

Trademarks and service marks can be any word, symbol and/or symbol (or any combination thereof) that identifies or distinguishes the source of a product or service of one party from those goods or services of another party. In order to maintain your trademark or service mark, an owner must use its mark properly in the marketplace. Read More »


Trademark Dos and Don'ts: Choosing a Trademark - Why You Shouldn't Pick a Descriptive Trademark - May 27, 2015

Adopting a trademark is an incredibly important decision and potential risk for a business. And while adopting a trademark may seem like an easy thing to do, the legal ramifications of this decision make it more complicated than most people appreciate. Read More »


Trademark Dos and Don'ts: Conducting a Trademark Clearance Search - May 6, 2015

So you've come up with a creative name for your business or your product. You have thought hard about it, and probably feel a vested interest in this name. The next step in protecting your name is to conduct what is known as a trademark clearance search. Read More »


Constitutional Law vs. Trademark Law: Which Law Wins in the Battle of "Disparaging Trademarks": Part II - April 30, 2015

Earlier this week we covered Part I of this battle, trademark law. Now, let's get to the second half: Constitutional law. Read More »


Constitutional Law vs. Trademark Law: Which Law Wins in the Battle of "Disparaging Trademarks" - April 28, 2015

The topic of "disparaging trademarks" has been a fairly common topic in the trademark industry, especially when you consider how little this issue comes up in the prosecution and litigation of trademarks. Read More »


The Woes of Failing to Conduct a Trademark Search - April 10, 2015

It's happened again. Peddler Brewing Company has been forced to change the name of one of its popular beers from "TANGERINE WHEAT" to "TANGERINE HEFEWEIZEN" after receiving a cease and desist letter from Lost Coast Brewing Company (Lost Coast). Read More »


Why Trademark Owners Should Care about the B&B Hardware Decision - April 6, 2015

On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court decided the case of B&B Hardware v. Hargis Indus. This case represented a long-standing trademark battle brought in both federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) Read More »


Startups Continue to Wait on SEC's Equity Crowdfunding Regulations - November 6, 2014

On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The Act provides for a new exemption from the SEC's requirement to register public offerings, possibly paving the way for startups to issue up to $1 million of securities to up to 2,000 public investors, via online funding portals. Read More »


Succession Planning - Even Startups Need to Have the Conversation - November 5, 2014

Startup companies have unique challenges, but succession planning is one area that both startups and well-established businesses should likewise be considering. No matter the stage of your business, the time to start thinking about succession planning is now. Read More »


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