As individual states have relaxed laws surrounding the cultivation, sale, and consumption of cannabis (i.e. marijuana), this multibillion-dollar industry has exploded with new products, services, and brands. However, federal law has made registration of those brands difficult, if not impossible, and inconsistent handling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has caused significant confusion over what can and cannot be registered. Now, the USPTO has issued new guidelines to clarify what cannabis-related products and services can be listed in federal trademark applications.
If you've been published (or simply signed, for that matter) by a US publisher in the last dozen years, there is a fair to excellent chance that the master to whom you are now answering is not the master to whom you indentured yourself when you signed your original publishing contract. Among the larger transactions:
Wood Herron & Evans is honored to announce that 11 of the firm's attorneys have been recognized in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Best Lawyers®, the oldest peer review publication in the legal profession, is universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Our lawyers have continually been included in this elite listing.
For 2019, Wood Herron & Evans received a Band 3 rating from Chambers and Partners, with recommendations for patent preparation and prosecution abilities, and key sector expertise with regard to media and publishing, industrial, aerospace and wider technology sectors. In addition, Lori Krafte, Ken Germain, and Steve Gillen were singled out for special recognition. Ken Germain was again designated as a one of only two Senior Statespeople in Ohio. Steve Gillen was given another Band 1 rating, one of only two such ratings in Ohio. And Lori Krafte again received a Band 3 rating.
Cincinnati, OH - March 26, 2019 - Wood Herron & Evans LLP, an Intellectual Property boutique firm located in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, is pleased to announce the election of new members to its Executive Committee.
Cincinnati, OH, March 20, 2019 - HCDC's Office of Innovation + Creativity (OIC) and Wood Herron & Evans (WH&E) are pleased to announce their partnership in connection with the upcoming Innovation & Technology Awards hosted by theCincinnati Business Courier. Wood Herron & Evans is a Gold Sponsor of the Innovation & Technology Awards while the OIC is a Community Partner Sponsor. The OIC is Hamilton County's innovation hub, fueling second stage business growth through targeted analytics, strategy, and connections.
Steve Gillen has been nominated for a second year of service as Publications Officer of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association for the 2019-2020 Bar year.
For 2018, Wood Herron & Evans received a Band 3 rating from Chambers and Partners, with recommendations for patent prosecution and preparation practice, and key sector expertise with regard to media and publishing, industrial, aerospace and wider technology sectors. In addition, Lori Krafte and Greg Lunn were singled out for special recognition. Ken Germain has been listed as one of the only two Senior Statespeople by Chambers and Partners. They also listed Steve Gillen as one of the only two lawyers ranked in Band 1 for intellectual property in Ohio.
This year marks the first in two decades that a significant body of copyrighted work has lost its U.S. copyright protection and fallen into the public domain. Why is that...and what does it mean for scholars and educators?
Anyone who has worked in an intellectual or creative endeavor knows that many new works build to one degree or another on the earlier work of others. But getting a head start by leveraging the intellectual work product of another is potentially problematic. When does inspiration cross over into infringement or a breach of scholarly integrity? The lawyer's answer is: it depends.