Cannabis Awards Companies Duel Over Trademark

By Emilie Ruscoe (July 15, 2021, 7:59 PM EDT) -- Two companies that host awards events honoring participants in the cannabis industry are locked in a dispute over their names in Las Vegas federal court, with one company claiming the other's trademark is generic and should be canceled and the other alleging its competitor is just attempting to ride its coattails.

Villano Enterprises Inc., an event company that has produced a black-tie cannabis industry awards event called the Cannabis Business Awards for nearly a decade, filed counterclaims Monday against the Las Vegas Cannabis Awards LLC, accusing the company of intentionally choosing "a confusingly similar name for their event in order to...

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