Doobie-ous Competition: How a Cannabis Company Can Use Employment Agreements to Protect Intellectual Property

In our prior posts, we discussed the two issues that should be at the forefront of any branding strategy: Avoiding potential trademark infringement claims, and Protecting the business’ brand through trademarks In this post, we briefly discuss how cannabis businesses can implement employment agreements to further protect their intellectual property. Terminating an employment relationship carries …

Warhol and Prince: Good Artists Borrow, Great Artists…Litigate

Picasso said: “good artists borrow, great artists steal.”  Or maybe he took the phrase from someone else.  In any case, the US Supreme Court has again confounded the legal world by upending expectations, if not years of precedent – though this time in the intellectual property arena.  Warhol v. Goldsmith[1] also has the potential to …

A Seller’s Guide to Navigating Intellectual Property Law on Amazon

A basic understanding of Intellectual Property (IP) law is essential to managing an Amazon storefront, as IP issues can be a minefield for the uninformed. Amazon sellers must understand the major forms of intellectual property –patents, trademarks, and copyrights–and the common pitfalls associated with each form to avoid infringement allegations, storefront disruptions or closures, and …

PROTECTING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THROUGHOUT THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS

Many companies, including U.S. companies, find manufacturing abroad attractive because of its affordable costs, capacity, and distribution networks. Typically discussions or negotiations with a foreign manufacturer will concern the type of product to be produced, which often involves providing the manufacturer with sufficient detail to enable the manufacturer to provide a proposal. These seemingly harmless …

The Who, What, Why, and How of NFTs, the Metaverse, and IP

Recently, Jennifer Ko Craft (Member, Las Vegas) and John Krieger (Member, Las Vegas) presented at ACC Nevada’s monthly virtual CLE webinar on “The Who, What, Why, and How of NFTs, the Metaverse, and IP.” They discussed the basics of blockchain technology and opportunities in the metaverse as well as enforcement strategies for protecting digital assets. …

Freedom to Operate Opinions: What Are They, and Why Are They Important?

What is a freedom to operate opinion, and why is it important? A freedom to operate opinion (FTO) is a legal opinion from a qualified intellectual property attorney that concludes a proposed commercial product or process may be made, used, sold, or offered for sale without infringing another party’s intellectual property rights. Although there is …

Proposed Changes to the Canadian Patent Rules

The Canadian government has provided notice of a number of proposed changes to the Canadian Patent Rules.  These particular changes will impact patent Applicants’ costs and may call for different prosecution tactics. As of this writing, the date the proposed changes are to come into force has not officially been announced.  However, we expect this …

Canadian Trademarks

Good News! In 2021, applications filed in Canada went up 13.7%, partly due to Canada’s accession to the Madrid Protocol. When Canada is designated via the Madrid Protocol, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) will communicate directly with the applicant if a Canadian trademark agent is not appointed. Correspondence from the CIPO, such as office …

Brand Protection and Fighting Fakes Online

The shift to online marketplaces has created an incredible boom for some, and significant loss to others. Branding has become more important than ever, particularly in developing an online presence through search engines, various online platforms, and social media. Further, the rise of the “influencer” has opened additional opportunities to deliver brands and products to …

What You Need To Know: Intellectual Property and Non-Fungible Tokens

Over the last several years, you may have heard the term “blockchain.” Blockchain technology has emerged as an innovative, record-keeping technology, most notably recognized as the underlying technology behind Bitcoin cryptocurrency. The most innovative part of blockchain is that it is decentralized: not controlled by any one person or company. It is transparent in the …