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…

Guarding the borders The pace of major innovations and breakthroughs in the entertainment technology industry has reached levels never seen before. Entire product classes are created every year. These innovations not only push the toolset into exciting directions, but also inspire others to create companion products. others imitate these innovations.  Some create counterfeits that copy…

Understand what makes a strong, well-protected trademark Your brand is the most important aspect of your business. Your brand encompasses your name, logo, slogan and packaging. Without a strong brand, your customer will not be able to associate your quality products from any other item on the shelf. Without a strong brand, cannabis becomes a commodity, no different than…

Should you file a provisional or non-provisional application? In this edition, we will be looking at the procedure of filing a patent. As we discussed in the November 2014 issue of Marijuana Venture, there are three types of patents:  utility patents,  design patents and plant patents. Utility patents are the most common patent type by…

Innovations can be protected, despite federal ‘morals’ Intellectual property is an important and often overlooked aspect of the marijuana industry. Intellectual properties are creations of the mind and consist of trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. Trademark protection has been discussed in previous issues of Marijuana Venture. Copyrights in our industry are limited in scope. …

Cannabis is the new hot topic of conversation, moving from the smoky dorm to the board room. The green rush is on, and, and as any gold rush of the past, there is good business in selling the picks and shovels to those seeking their fortunes. Coupled with the most difficult legal market for aspiring…

Agreements are traditionally based on royalties on sales A trademark is a name, logo or slogan used in commerce, that  allows a  consumer to identify the source of a good or service. Trademarks can even be packaging, or in some  cases,  a sound or smell. It is into these marks  that a company’s  reputation, goodwill…