Venable: Approaching 420: A Look at the Current Cannabis-Related Trademark Landscape a Year After the USPTO’s Release of Examination Guidelines

Venable:  Approaching 420: A Look at the Current Cannabis-Related Trademark Landscape a Year After the USPTO’s Release of Examination Guidelines

Products involving CBD and hemp seeds have been rapidly flooding the market in the United States, and businesses have sought and are seeking to protect their brands in connection with products in this emerging market, given the legalization of various forms of marijuana in individual states.

Approaching 420: A Look at the Current Cannabis-Related Trademark Landscape a Year After the USPTO’s Release of Examination Guidelines

Since the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released its examination guidelines for examining trademark applications for cannabis and cannabis-related goods and services in May of 2019,1 the legal landscape concerning the types of goods and services that businesses can obtain trademark protection for is constantly evolving.

While the USPTO will not allow applicants to register federal trademarks for goods in “violation of federal law,” it does allow applicants to register trademarks for cannabis and cannabis-related goods and services if the use in commerce is lawful. This article takes an up-to-date look at the types of cannabis-related goods and services that can obtain trademark registration, and where they can be registered.

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Cannabis Law Journal – Editorial Board Members

Editor – Sean Hocking

Author Bios

Canada
Matt Maurer – Minden Gross
Jeff Hergot – Wildboer Dellelce LLP

Costa Rica
Tim Morales – The Cannabis Industry Association Costa Rica

Nicaragua
Elvin Rodríguez Fabilena

USA

General
Julie Godard
Carl L Rowley -Thompson Coburn LLP

Arizona
Jerry Chesler – Chesler Consulting

California
Ian Stewart – Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Otis Felder – Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Lance Rogers – Greenspoon Marder – San Diego
Jessica McElfresh -McElfresh Law – San Diego
Tracy Gallegos – Partner – Fox Rothschild

Colorado
Adam Detsky – Knight Nicastro
Dave Rodman – Dave Rodman Law Group
Peter Fendel – CMR Real Estate Network
Nate Reed – CMR Real Estate Network

Florida
Matthew Ginder – Greenspoon Marder
David C. Kotler – Cohen Kotler

Illinois
William Bogot – Fox Rothschild

Massachusetts
Valerio Romano, Attorney – VGR Law Firm, PC

Nevada
Neal Gidvani – Snr Assoc: Greenspoon Marder
Phillip Silvestri – Snr Assoc: Greenspoon Marder

Tracy Gallegos – Associate Fox Rothschild

New Jersey

Matthew G. Miller – MG Miller Intellectual Property Law LLC
Daniel T. McKillop – Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC

New York
Gregory J. Ryan, Esq. Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP
Tim Nolen Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Oregon
Paul Loney & Kristie Cromwell – Loney Law Group
William Stewart – Half Baked Labs

Pennsylvania
Andrew B. Sacks – Managing Partner Sacks Weston Diamond
William Roark – Principal Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin
Joshua Horn – Partner Fox Rothschild

Washington DC
Teddy Eynon – Partner Fox Rothschild