Author: Steve Brachmann

U.S. Cannabis Inventions Grow

The shifting status of marijuana from an illegal controlled substance to regulated medicinal product to, in some jurisdictions, legalized recreational activity has created a market that promises to be incredibly valuable in the future. Even these slow moves in the direction of full legalization have galvanized inventors filing patent applications on cannabis-related inventions with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Marley Judgment Upheld

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a memorandum on January 9, affirming a U.S. District judge’s 2017 grant of partial summary judgment in Hope Road Merchandising v. Jammin Java Corp. The Ninth Circuit’s decision upheld a nearly $2.5 million damages award for trademark infringement in favor of Hope Road, the licensing and merchandising arm for Marley’s family, against the coffee distributor.

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