CEB Wine Law Forum (Nov. 3-4 in Santa Barbara)

Thursday and Friday, November 3rd and 4th Santa Barbara, California The annual CEB Wine Law Forum,™  will take place on November 3rd and 4th in Santa Barbara, California.  The Forum, sponsored by the International Wine Law Association, will address Events, Festivals & Social Media, Direct-To-Consumer Sales and Franchise Laws and the Balancing of Local Concerns […]

TTB Proposes to Shut Down COLA Exemption Appellation Labeling Loophole

The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has proposed amendments to federal wine labeling laws that protect the integrity of the appellation of origin labeling system in its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking No. 160 (NPRM 160).  If adopted, the proposed amendments would close off a loophole that allows certain […]

USPTO Makes Cannabis Trademark Go Up In Smoke

This past week the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a blow to cannabis businesses attempting to protect their brands. In a precedential decision, In re Morgan Brown (click here for full decision), the Board affirmed the refusal to register the mark HERBAL ACCESS for “retail store services featuring […]

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