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May 06, 2019

USPTO Issues First Guidance on Examination of Cannabis Trademark Applications

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued helpful guidance on the examination of cannabis trademark applications.  This guidance is the USPTO’s first pronouncement of how it will evaluate the legal use in commerce requirement for trademark applications covering cannabis goods and services.   » Read More

Nov 07, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court Scheduled to Hear Whether Copyright Registration Is Required for Suit

For decades, federal courts around the country have split over whether a U.S. copyright registration is required to bring an infringement action, or whether the filing of an application with the U.S. Copyright Office is sufficient. At long last, the U.S. » Read More

Feb 29, 2016

The GMO Labeling Debate Continues

Draft federal legislation released by US Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) would federalize a labeling standard for products with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The proposed bill would provide for voluntary rather than mandatory labeling.  This proposed legislation has caused a flurry of opposition bringing this hotly debated issue to the forefront. » Read More

Feb 09, 2016

Making Your Mark: A Distinguishing Trademark is the Heart of Effective Brand Strategy

We are pleased to announce that we were interviewed in the February issue of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. The interview, entitled “Making Your Mark: A Distinguishing Trademark is the Heart of Effective Brand Strategy,” discusses the key aspects of trademark law to consider when formulating a branding strategy, as well as appropriate promotion and use of your trademarks to maximize protection.  » Read More

Aug 10, 2015

A Disappointing End to the Country’s First Supermarket

In July 2015, the Montvale, New Jersey based Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P) filed its second bankruptcy in five years signaling the end to the United States’ first supermarket and, at one point, the largest supermarket chain.  A&P opened its doors in 1859, at one point operating upwards of 15,000 locations.  » Read More