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What You Need to Know: The Latest on Cannabis-Related Trademark Laws

The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, aka the 2018 Farm Bill, removed “hemp” from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), effectively making the growth of industrial hemp legal in the eyes of the federal government. This reclassification is of particular importance to those who produce cannabis and cannabis-related products in the …

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Does Your Intellectual Property Constitute Copyright, Trademark, or Trade Secret Material?

If you or your company is thinking of entering the US market, you should familiarize yourself with what constitutes copyright, trademark, or trade secret material, and what is protected/not protected within each Intellectual Property (IP) category in the United States. Doing so will go a long way to preventing you from unintentionally violating the IP …

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Cease & Desist

You’ve Received a Cease and Desist Letter: Now What?

When foreign and overseas companies and individual’s doing business in the United States fail to do due diligence on their intellectual property assets before introducing them into U.S. markets, they run the risk of legal action from U.S.-based companies who believe their intellectual property rights have been infringed. Often, the first inkling of such legal …

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Think Ahead: Know the Nuances of International Intellectual Property Law

Companies planning to do business in the United States should study up on international and U.S. intellectual property laws to ensure the protections they’ve enjoyed in their home countries and regions extend to the United States. Be forewarned: in many cases they don’t. Just as a United States patent or trademark offers no protection in …

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