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AI Strategy for Banks: You’ve Got This!
When you think about artificial intelligence (AI), does your pulse start to race? Or are you excited to embrace it, but stuck in the quagmire of often conflicting, and even alarmist, information that seems to be coming at you from every direction? W...
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Supreme Court Vindicates Restriction on Registering Trademarks Containing Personal Names
Citing the common law right to use one’s own name commercially and to prevent others from doing so, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 13, 2024 upheld the constitutionality of a challenged restriction on trademark registration. Section 2(c) of the Lanham...
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Cannabis Rescheduling and What It Means for Trademark Owners
What was hinted at in the fall of 2023 appears to be heading towards reality as reports circulate that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has agreed to reschedule marijuana—or cannabis, as most in the industry prefer—from Schedule I to Sc...
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Countdown to Compliance: Preparing for the Oregon Consumer Privacy Act (OCPA)
If you haven’t started preparing for the Oregon Consumer Privacy Act (OCPA), time is ticking. OCPA goes into effect on July 1, 2024. Nonprofit organizations have an extra year to come into compliance; they have until July 1, 2025. But yes, you heard...
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Ninth Circuit Decision Quietly Blesses Cannabusiness Practice of Federal Trademark Registrations for Branded “Tobacco Products”
In a published decision issued April 1, 2024 (no fooling), the Ninth Circuit in BBK Tobacco & Foods LLP v. Central Coast Agriculture, Inc. weighed in on somewhat esoteric topics concerning whether federal courts have jurisdiction to hear challenges t...
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What’s It All About, AI?
AI is everywhere. And, no, I do not mean in a “Skynet is coming,” or “Big Brother is here,” kind of way. I mean everywhere you look. Stories abound about the oddities that result from using generative AI. In one story, a car dealership’s chatbot offe...
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