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California’s Assembly Bill 2658 To Update State’s Electronics Records Legislation to Recognize Blockchain Signatures and Smart Contracts

California legislator, Ian Calderon,  has introduced a bill that, if passed, would update the state’s electronic records laws to account for blockchain signatures and smart contracts. Coindesk reports….. Assembly Bill 2658, submitted by Assemblymember Ian Calderon last week, expands the definition of electronic records and signatures – contained in the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act – … Read more

How Will California Accept Cannabis Trademark Applications?

The National Law Review gives a more detailed overview than most about California’s move to accept applications for cannabis-related trademarks.   With the New Year, the California Secretary of State announced that it is now accepting applications for cannabis-related trademarks.  This is welcome news for California cannabis businesses, which have struggled to obtain protection for … Read more

Audrey Hepburn’s Son Says Enough Is Enough To Children’s Charity

Audrey Hepburn’s son from her first marriage has said that the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund is going too far in using the actress’ name. Sean Ferrer, who helped found the charity upon his mother’s death in 1993 before later resigning as its chairman, filed a lawsuit in California federal court this Thursday. The Hollywood Reporter reveals. … Read more

California Finally Rolling Out Its Own Cannabis Trademark Laws

They’ll come into force 1 January next year. Here is the press release via JD Supra.   California was the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use.  In 1996, California approved Proposition 215, the California Compassionate Use Act.  Two decades later, California voters approved  Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of … Read more

Cannabis Industry Sector Trademarking Strain Names Like There’s No Tomorrow

If you are a trademark lawyer working in the sector or based in California this, we’d suggest, is a must read article. Business Insider talks with cannabis delivery service, Pot Valet, who say, intellectual property rights for cannabis strains are a growing, yet dangerous trend. Pot Valet believe cannabis growing companies are creating their own marijuana … Read more

California To Roll Out Own Cannabis Trademark Legislation

California was the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use.  In 1996, California approved Proposition 215, the California Compassionate Use Act.  Two decades later, California voters approved  Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA).  Despite the fact that cannabis has been legal in California since 1996, you still … Read more