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Coronavirus and Trademarks

March 27, 2020 | Intellectual Property

The recent outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has had serious impacts on businesses – some temporary, some lasting. Many businesses have closed their physical locations by choice, and many have been forced to close due to state or local regulations. Many businesses are now struggling to stay alive and hope they haven’t closed their doors for…

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The Nature of Co-Existence

March 12, 2020 | Intellectual Property

Just like anything else in law, a Co-Existence Agreement can be complex. In general, a trademark Co-Existence Agreement allows two parties continued use and/or registration of their respective trademarks. Co-Existence Agreements are often required where two parties’ trademarks and goods/services are similar enough that consumer confusion may occur. The complexity of a Co-Existence Agreement often…

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FDA Issues Warning Letters for Ingestible Hemp-Derived CBD

December 9, 2019 | Cannabis,Intellectual Property

On November 25, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) sent warning letters to fifteen (15) companies for selling products containing cannabidiol (“CBD”) in violation of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”). The basis for the warning letters was that the FDA lacks scientific information supporting the safety of CBD in food/ingestibles –…

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What’s in a Trademark?

December 2, 2019 | Intellectual Property

So you started your own business – good for you! I recently did the same thing, so I’m right there with you. You’re probably in the middle of creating a business entity, getting a phone line and physical address, setting up a website, etc. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get this…

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