For cannabis businesses that have or are interested in building their trademark portfolio, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued guidance on its standards in examining a trademark application for cannabis-related goods and services. This guidance provides a clearer understanding of how the Trademark Examiners will approach cannabis applications post-Farm Bill. » Read More
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Trademark owners and applicants will be happy to learn that the cost of filing or renewing a trademark application will be a little lower in 2015. Scheduled to take effect on January 17, 2015, the USPTO has reduced the cost of applications by $50, meaning that the fee for an application will go from $325 per class to $275 per class.