Citibank Asks California Dispensary to Stop Using ‘Citidank’ Name

Citibank has asked a California dispensary that has riffed off the bank’s name to stop using the moniker Citidank – although it’s unclear whether any sort of official cease and desist has been filed. In a back page ad in Coachella Valley Weekly, the Cathedral City-based shop said they cater to “all your danking needs.” “Unless […]

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How to Use (or Lose) a Cannabis Trademark

In a nascent industry like cannabis, becoming familiar to customers is essential to sales growth. Marketing experts will tell you that capturing market share begins with awareness. If customers don’t know who you are or what you make, if they don’t notice your products on the shelf or what shops you distribute to, then there […]

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California Hot Sauce Maker Sues MMJ Company Over Trademarks

Tapatio Foods LLC., a California-based hot sauce and salsa manufacturer, has filed a lawsuit against California medical cannabis company Payoso Grow claiming that the company has violated Tapatio trademarks. The lawsuit claims that the cannabis company’s Trapatio cannabis-infused chile sauce infringes on their “Charro” mark – a man in a sombrero, yellow shirt, and red […]

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‘Gorilla Glue’ Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Settled

The makers of the adhesive Gorilla Glue have settled with GG Strains LLC, the cannabis company with strains called Gorilla Glue #1, Gorilla Glue #4, and Gorilla Glue #5, in a trademark infringement case, according to a Cannabist report. The agreement does not involve any monetary penalties or transactions. The agreement forces Las Vegas, Nevada-based […]

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California Bill Would Amend Advertising, Co-op, and Trademark Rules Under Prop. 64

California lawmakers have introduced legislation to amend Proposition 64 — the voter-enacted initiative to legalize adult-use cannabis in the state — which would impose stricter rules for cannabis advertising, provide a loan for driving under the influence of cannabis research, and permit state trademarks for cannabis products. The measure also aims to clarify rules for cooperatives. […]

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Understanding Cannabis Trademarks & Intellectual Property

What is a Trademark? At the most fundamental level, a trademark is a mark or identifying representation of the source of a good or service that the mark is attached to. When an individual sees a slogan, graphic, or name attached to a product, it is understood that the company who owns that mark must have […]

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WA Cannabis Company Denied Trademark Protection

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has upheld the decision of a trademark examiner at the U.S. Trademark Office that owners of cannabis businesses cannot obtain federal trademark protection on marks used for marijuana sales. Washington resident Morgan Brown, who operates Herbal Access, a brick-and-mortar store in Port Hadlock-Irondale and an online dispensary of the […]

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Snoop Dogg Facing Trademark Infringement Lawsuit by Canadian Sports Network

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), a professional sports network based out of Toronto, Canada, has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Leafs By Snoop, a cannabis company that offers a selection of marijuana products hand-picked by the internationally acclaimed rapper/ganjapreneur Snoop Dogg. MLSE, the parent company for the Toronto Maple Leafs professional hockey team, filed its opposition suit […]

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