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Cannabis Intellectual Property

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Your brand is one of your biggest assets. We can help you keep it safe.

Harris Sliwoski’s cannabis  intellectual property (IP) attorneys draw on deep industry knowledge and nationally-acclaimed intellectual property experience to develop proactive strategies for the long-term protection of our clients’ brands.

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Build Your Brand with Cannabis Trademark Lawyers

Cannabis businesses contend with a variety of complex legal issues as they seek to register, protect, and license their trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and other intellectual property. Since federal IP laws have failed to keep pace with state-level cannabis laws, industry participants must be mindful of the legal restrictions that affect how they protect and leverage their cannabis brands and their other intellectual property rights.

We represent some of the biggest names in the cannabis industry and we are well-versed in the unique challenges cannabis companies face in securing and protecting their IP. Our cannabis IP attorneys help businesses maintain control over their IP assets, while always taking into account the distinctive characteristics of the cannabis industry.

You’ve worked hard to build your brand. Protect your assets with an intellectual property plan that’s built to last.

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Services Our Cannabis Intellectual Property Lawyers Provide

Our cannabis intellectual property services include:

  • Brand establishment and support
  • Trademark registration
  • IP licensing
  • IP contract drafting and negotiation
  • State and federal trademark clearance searches
  • Counseling on trademark law, trade secret, and other intellectual property matters
  • Trade secret agreements
  • Registration and screening of state trademarks
  • Enforcement and policing of registered trademarks
  • Domain name disputes
  • Copyrights
  • IP litigation
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Why Choose a Harris Sliwoski Cannabis Intellectual Property Lawyer?

With so many levels of government involved, you need an IP protection partner that knows how to navigate the environment. Harris Sliwoski continually earns our clients’ trust through our:

  • Experience: We’ve been at the forefront of cannabis law since 2010, bringing over a decade of experience to our guidance.
  • Service: Our team starts every relationship by listening so that we can offer personalized legal advice and work together toward your goals.
  • Accessibility: We’re known for providing innovative solutions and bold legal counsel when and where our clients are.
  • Expertise: Harris Sliwoski attorneys stay current with regulatory changes to help clients follow the laws and make informed decisions.
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The Harris Sliwoski team will help you get the protection your IP deserves with practical and effective legal advice. Take the next step to more business security by requesting your consultation today.

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Our Clients' Successes

“Harris Sliwoski expertly guided us through the formation of our company. They continue to assist with necessary registrations and compliance with numerous regulations. They were able to promptly answer all our many questions and provide understandable options, explanations and practical advice. We expect to continue to use Harris Sliwoski on a regular basis as our company expands. They were also able to introduce us other professional experts. We would not hesitate to recommend Harris Sliwoski to any companies in need of legal advice.”

user icon Three Continents Foods LLC

This law firm was a huge help as our company went through the process of commercial licensing in the California cannabis industry.  They have helped us with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while clearly communicating with us throughout the process.  Everyone we’ve worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field and we have always felt that we were in good hands through our legal representation.

user icon Wil Crummer, CEO PRO Farms

Legal stuff is always scary. And I’ve had to play offense a couple times, begrudgingly. To have Harris Sliwoski have my back? It made things a lot less prickly. They quickly walked me through my options, and were refreshingly consistent in their communications, timing and billing. I’ve been lucky to stay out of the legal side of things my whole career, thankfully. When things went a little wrong, Harris Sliwoski quickly made things right.

user icon Aaron Draplin, Founder Draplin Design Co.

I am impressed with this law firm. They answered all my questions regarding cannabis businesses and the California cannabis framework, and they have helped me with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while always clearly communicating with us throughout the process. They also redirected me to other quality people for my business needs. Everyone I worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field, and I was in good hands throughout my legal representation.

user icon Corey T., CEO Thinc Cubed, LLC

I have been working with the lawyers at Harris Sliwoski for more than 20 years both as a business owner and as an executive at a large east-coast health system and that is because they have always efficiently provided high level and clear international law advice. Most recently, Harris Sliwoski provided legal support on many matters related to procuring medical products worldwide. Their support was particularly helpful to during the onset of COVID, when there was a big need for securing PPE quickly, all while navigating complicated international and domestic legal requirements. Harris Sliwoski’s team of international lawyers helped by conducting rapid-fire due diligence on potential suppliers, navigating the legal logistics for getting product from overseas and through U.S. customs, and drafting contracts to protect against various sorts of horribles. They did this by essentially providing what amounted to 24/7 service. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

user icon Dan Pak Hospital Supply Chain Executive

Harris Sliwoski has represented our company in the legal cannabis industry for years. Harris Sliwoski has advised us in a wide variety of legal matters, and they are truly experts in their field. I would highly recommend Harris Sliwoski to anyone with questions about cannabis law, or any legal matters. They have been great for our Company, and will continue to guide us as our industry evolves

user icon Matt Hurt, COO Cannabis Nation

You won’t find a better partner than Harris Sliwoski when trying to navigate the complex world of healthcare regulations.  They not only give sound and reliable legal advice, but they are also very responsive and are able to guide you in a way that helps you reach your business objectives as well.

user icon Joseph Axelrod, General Counsel Irwin Naturals

When we started the process of building a ‘seed to sale’ cannabis company in Oregon, we saw the need for expert legal counsel.  The cannabis sector is fraught with potential peril at every turn, and we wanted the best legal advice we could find.  After talking to several firms and individuals, we feel extremely fortunate to have chosen Harris Sliwoski as our legal counsel.

user icon Tony Theiss, CEO and Co-Founder Redbarn Cannabis 

We use Harris Sliwoski on all our international legal matters, including on our international litigation matters. We have over the last few years been involved in a couple big international legal disputes and Harris Sliwoski’s international dispute resolution team provided us with expert legal assistance on both matters. They were always very careful to explain to us what they were doing and why and what their actions would likely cost us in legal fees. Most importantly, we did extremely well on both cases and I have no doubt Harris Sliwoski was a big factor in that.

user icon Kevin English, CEO We Are Camp

We have used Harris Sliwoski for legal help related to our international manufacturing. The lawyers with whom I worked had extensive familiarity with the international legal issues involved in our various projects and offered us key insights. I particularly appreciated how they always quickly and efficiently do what they say they will do and always within their cost estimates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Discover answers to the cannabis intellectual property questions our clients commonly ask.

Can I Patent My Cannabis Business's IP?

Many cannabis-based companies have patent rights spanning a wide range of assets. The following are generally eligible for patent filing:

  • Plant strains you create
  • Proprietary blends
  • Processes
  • Cultivation techniques
  • Equipment you’ve invented, such as a vaporizer

Obtaining federal patents can be challenging since cannabis is not yet legal nationally. A Harris Sliwoski IP attorney can help you identify patentable assets and create a protection strategy to safeguard them.

What Do My Copyrights Cover?

Copyrights cover original creative works. The protection extends to assets like your website content, videos, and more. The illegality of cannabis at the national level is generally not applicable to copyright protection. So, your business can enforce the laws to prevent someone from distributing, reproducing, or displaying your creative works without permission.

Our cannabis IP attorneys will consult with you about eligible assets and develop protection for them.

What IP Assets Are Eligible for a Cannabis Trademark?

This protection applies to any name, phrase, symbol, or other asset you use for marketing that a customer associates with your brand. As a result of this broad scope, your business may have many assets to protect.

Trademark laws are crucial to help you prevent a competitor from profiting off of your successful brand-building. They’re also vital for your customers’ protection because they help establish your products’ authenticity. While federal trademarks can be challenging to obtain, many states have enacted protection laws that cannabis businesses can benefit from.

An experienced cannabis trademark lawyer from Harris Sliwoski will help you identify which assets are eligible and at which government levels. They’ll also design a robust strategy to protect your trademarks.

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