The WSLCB Wants to Hear From You The Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board is taking public comment on new proposed rules. Every so often, a government agency like the Washington State Liquor & Control Board wants to hear from the people who will be impacted by proposed rule changes. These moments, known as public…

How to Start A Cannabis Business – The Legal Stuff You Need to Know This article originally appears on Black Enterprise and is written by Lydia Blanco.  If you are anything like most entrepreneurs looking to get in on the green rush, you’ve probably been doing your research for quite some time now on the ins…

IP Licensing: A Pathway For International Cannabis Branding By Ammon J. Ford, Attorney at Gleam Law, PLLC. This article first appeared in MG Magazine June 2018 The one thing almost everyone knows about cannabis is that it cannot legally cross most borders. In the United States, at least, the law prohibits any cannabis product from…

Cannabis Trademark Infringement Series: Gorilla Glue #4 Written by Neil Juneja, Founder & Managing Partner of Gleam Law, PLLC.  Understanding how to protect your brand from being on the receiving or perpetrating end of trademark infringement is unbelievably important. To illustrate the importance of the topic, we are starting a three-part series on the biggest…

Panelists Discuss Packaging, Experiences and Customer Loyalty Considerations. This article appears on healthcarepackaging.com. It is written by Keren Sookne, Director of Editorial Content. This week’s RAD (Retail and Dispensary) Expo in Portland, OR, featured a talk on branding and marketing medical and recreational cannabis products, and how to build a strong customer base. Cannabis producers face the same…

So, you want to invest in or start a legal cannabis business in Washington? Be ready to undergo a thorough background check. Written by Ammon J. Ford, Attorney at Gleam Law, PLLC.  The recreational cannabis industry in Washington is growing at an incredible pace; New Frontier Data, a leading cannabis data and analytics firm, projects…

Beware of Unofficial Trademark Solicitations You will never be contacted by the Patent and Trademark Office regarding your trademark, but you will receive lots of scam and spam mail. Trademark registrations are open public records that can be accessed by anyone through www.USPTO.gov. Because they include such detailed information, registration owners are an easy target for…

Using & Enforcing Your New Trademark Written by Neil Juneja, Founder & Managing Partner of Gleam Law, PLLC.  So you have successfully registered a state or federal trademark for your cannabis business or product? Congratulations! Here are the tips we provide to every one of our trademark clients to help them use and enforce their Intellectual…

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…