Understanding trademarks is key to avoid rebranding The announcement of a settlement between the Gorilla Glue Co. and GG Strains is creating a stir on the trademark side of cannabis law.

What’s in a Name: Protecting your company’s brand Every business needs a name. In fact, most businesses have several. The legal name often lurks in the background and most consumers never see it, while trademarks, trade names, and domain names are generally the most visible and important client-facing identifiers. Knowing the differences between them will…

Gleam Law Opens New Marijuana Law Offices in San Francisco & Los Angeles Written by Ammon J. Ford, Attorney at Gleam Law, PLLC.  Gleam Law is excited to announce the opening of two new offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Christopher Sabec, an experienced business attorney and Executive, will lead these offices. California has…

Starbucks Wins Big in Trademark Infringement Case Starbucks Delivers Wake Up Call Over Dabuccino – Seattle-based Starbucks Corporation recently won a $500,000 default judgment against James Landgraf,  an Oregonian artist, for trademark infringement, dilution, and tarnishment. Landgraf created a line of bongs labeled “Dabuccino” that very closely resembled the plastic cups Starbucks uses to serve millions…

Best Practices To Protect Your Trademark Safe Use of Your Trademark – A Trademark is the words or images attached to an item or service that identify the source of the item or service to the consumer.Federal and international law protect trademarks so that consumers can purchase products with confidence, knowing that the item is…

Cannabis Business struggle To Trademark With USPTO No Trademarks for Cannabis? Not quite – Protecting your trademark is one of the most important things a new business can do. Every minute you spend on marketing increases your brand’s value, value that could be stolen by some competitor who starts using a confusingly similar name, logo,…

Business Readiness Handbook Business guide for Oregon recreational marijuana businesses – served up an appetizer for current and future entrepreneurs entering the recreational market. Though lean on specifics, the Business Readiness Guidebook provides a good overview of areas that need to be considered before starting a recreational marijuana business in Oregon and which agencies and…

Cannabis Businesses Refused Basic Legal Protections That Are Available To Nearly Every Other Industry Once again, medical and recreational cannabis business owners across the nation are refused basic legal protections that are available to nearly every other industry; this time, bankruptcies. Bankruptcy is one of the most fundamental financial tools in American law. Nobody wants…

502 Excise Taxes DO NOT Have To Be Counted As Income When 502 Cannabis Businesses File Their Federal Income Taxes “Don’t count excise tax amount as income” Dean Guske, CPA to many marijuana businesses in Washington State (and around the country), and his firm, Guske & Company, have been taking the position with their clients…

Medical Marijuana Products Not Permitted To Make Medical Claims Unless They Have Been Approved Medical Marijuana Marketing? “No way,” says the FDA – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for making sure that any product for sale in the US which claims to have health benefits, actually does have health benefits. In order…