Publications | 08/28/2014

Brooks Kushman Shareholder Molly Crandall Discusses Marijuana Industry Brand Protection in Law360

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – In a recent Law360 article, Brooks Kushman shareholder Molly Crandall discusses federal trademark law and its effect on the recreational marijuana industry.

Conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws have prevented companies from protecting their brands under federal trademark law. However, in the article Crandall explains other methods of protection for brand owners to establish limited trademark rights on their goods.

According to the article, “Using every avenue of protection in this uncertain area could deter third parties from selecting the same or similar mark.”

For more information, read the full Law360 article here: Trademark Law Leaves Legal Marijuana Sellers High And Dry

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Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit

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