Cannabis businesses, beware: The Hershey Co. is on the warpath. Perhaps the most famous confectionery peddler in the world has a well-documented history of actively protecting its trademarks, and the marijuana industry is no exception.
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 26, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Real Brands, Inc. (OTC PINK: RLBD) is pleased to announce today that they have acquired the CBD Pharmacy trademark™ plus four (4) US utility patents for the manufacture of consumable legal cannabis and hemp products as defined by the states on a state by state basis.
NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 9, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Dewmar International BMC, Inc. (the “Company”) (OTC PINK: DEWM) today announced that it has filed documents with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) using cannabinoids.
When a marijuana shop recently tried to register Marijuanaville, Jimmy Buffett contested the trademark, claiming that it was too close to his own Margaritaville.
One of the drawbacks of owning a legal marijuana business in the state of California is the fact that you cannot trademark the logo, name or even products associated with your business; however, if one California lawmaker gets his way, that will soon change.
On Feb. 13, 2017, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Iowa State University cannot prevent students from using ISU logos on t-shirts that advocate for marijuana reform. The decision upholds a previous ruling by U.S. District Judge James Gritzner in 2016.
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, INC. (OTC Pink: PNPL) (the “Company”) announced today that it has finalized an acquisition of the business and assets of THC Industries, Inc.
A U.S. District Court has ruled that Iowa State University cannot use trademark policy to prevent students from using ISU logos on t-shirts that contain marijuana leaves.
Kieran Doyle, partner at the New York firm of Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, recently shared insights with MJINews about the particular challenge of securing trademark protection for cannabis products.
A National Football League team is demanding that another group change its logo, claiming that the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (better known as NORML) logo, which basically looks just like the Steelers logo with the throwing-star things swapped out for marijuana leaves.
As the legalized marijuana industry booms, entrepreneurs are becoming increasingly mindful of the need to protect intellectual property and brands. The fact that cannabis is a Schedule I substance, however, complicates the situation and calls for some creative solutions.
If an established brand has protected itself with registered trademarks, what are the repercussions for a marijuana edibles startup that attempts to gain instant market recognition by mimicking an established trade name, logo or package design?
The first and most important job of many startups is to define and protect business identity. To be honest, at the very beginning, there may be little more to the business than an idea and a name, maybe a catchy jingle. But protecting creative identity is what intellectual property law does, and the better the idea, the more protection the business will need.