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Alan represents domestic and international clients regarding intellectual property (IP) matters, such as trademarks, copyrights, trade dress, domain names, advertising, labeling, registered designs, product configuration, customs filings, and IP litigation, oppositions and cancellations. He also conducts domestic and international availability searches for intellectual property – on behalf of food and beverage clients, fashion clients, consumer products and service companies, and others in need of protecting their brands and IP – and prepares and negotiates licensing agreements and vendor and supplier agreements with distributors, wholesalers and retailers.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is at odds with the ever-growing marijuana industry. While marijuana legalization was a big winner in November’s elections, with seven states legalizing either medical or adult recreational use of the drug, the burgeoning industry may run into some problems obtaining trademarks for marijuana products and related devices. The lack of trademark protection could slow down or inhibit the growth of the industry as the lack of trademark protection limits entrepreneurs’ ability to stop infringement and protect their rights.
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