Cannabis trademark ruling ‘against the public interest’; threatens big brand licensing on legal products

A US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruling that refused a trademark due to its association with cannabis products could have wide implications for the fledgling state-legal cannabis industry in the United States. One expert tells us there is a “frightening possibility” the ruling may stop any major brand owner considering licensing their marks for use on legal cannabis products – and that, overall, the IP situation for the industry is worse today than a year ago.

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