The Cannabusiness Consumer Conundrum

Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Intellectual Property, and Internet & E-Commerce.

By, Kohel Haver A couple goes into a bar. She orders a Stoli Martini, he orders an Old Fashioned with Bulleit.   The bartender pours Russian vodka and bourbon from Kentucky.  Not a remarkable transaction for adults.  US Trademark law assures the couple that they are getting the products they ask for, the quality and taste they have come to demand and expect.  The FDA ensures the product is free from contaminates. Consumer protection is an unwritten promise included with a federal trademark. Except for the fact you probably won’t be able to consume the purchase on the premises,  under the
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RECONCILING BLIZZARD AND JACOBSEN:  LESSONS IN COPYRIGHT LICENSING

Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Intellectual Property, and Internet & E-Commerce.

By Tom Graves The Ninth Circuit case MDY Industries v. Blizzard Entertainment[1] has recently been cited as a major shift in the law pertaining to copyright licenses, and as a particular threat to the open source software model.[2]  Although these concerns are probably overstated, the Blizzard case does bring into focus several important aspects of copyright licensing.  In this article I will attempt to highlight some of these aspects, and to demonstrate how licenses can be drafted or updated to deal with them. The Blizzard case involved MDY’s creation of a software “bot” that allowed players of Blizzard’s online game
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Choosing a Trademark:  Why Not be Arbitrary?

Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Intellectual Property, and Internet & E-Commerce.

By Tom Graves When choosing a trademark for your goods or services, you have many decisions to make:  How can I capture the attention of my customers?  How can I convey the quality of my products?  How can I help consumers make a connection between my trademark and my business? These are all important considerations, but from a legal perspective, you should also be asking yourself the following:  How likely is it that I will be able to register my trademark?  Will another company be able to successfully challenge my trademark?  Has anyone else already used the trademark?  These legal
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