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U.S. Trademark Office Issues Cannabis Registration Guidance

On May 2, 2019 the USPTO released its Examination Guide 1-19, Examination of Marks for Cannabis and Cannabis-Related Goods and Services after Enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill (here: https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Exam%20Guide%201-19.pdf) , which aims to clarify the procedure for examining marks for cannabis and cannabis-derived goods and for services involving cannabis and cannabis production following the […]

New California Cannabis Regulations Create Uncertainty For Corporate Owners

On October 19, 2018 California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities published proposed changes to the forthcoming state rules governing the cannabis industry.  While there are numerous revisions that will impact operators, one provision of the changes stands out for investors in the cannabis space. Previous iterations of the cannabis regulations required limited disclosure of merely […]

Is the De Minimis Rule dead in California?

On July 26, 2018, the California Supreme Court unanimously held in Troester v. Starbucks Corporation that California’s wage and hour statutes and regulations have not adopted the federal de minimis doctrine.  The de minimis doctrine is based on the Latin phrase de minimis non curat lex, which means “the law does not concern itself with […]

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