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Corporate restructuring may strengthen cannabis marks

Ellie Mertens, New York

Lawyers discuss ways to navigate the USPTO’s restrictive policy on registering cannabis-related trademarks, including separating businesses into distinct legal entities

Cannabis-related businesses are thriving in states where the substance is legal. But the drug’s classification under Schedule I on the FDA’s list makes federal trademark registrations impossible, according to the USPTO. Some cannabis companies have sought to protect and enforce their trademarks based on...

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