Hemp Cos. Should Narrow Filings After TTAB's Stanley Ruling

Law360 (July 31, 2020, 3:36 PM EDT) -- The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, or TTAB, is an administrative body that hears and decides adversary proceedings and appeals of decisions regarding trademark applications issued by examining attorneys within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

It recently rejected a trademark application by Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises LLC, a Colorado-based company that makes, among other things, food products and dietary supplements that contain CBD, a nonpsychoactive compound derived from industrial hemp, a variety of the cannabis sativa plant.[1] 

The TTAB rejected the application because it found the CBD products that were the subject of the application to be unlawful under both...

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