Are Racist Trademarks and Brands Legal?

This year has been one of protests and indignation. The number of black individuals deaths by police forces across the USA shook our consciences. The Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations against police brutality sparked also introspection into all forms of racism, including in the trademark world. Some companies started to revise their hiring policies. While others are reviewing their minority representation in leadership positions. This long-overdue introspection made brand owners re-evaluate how these may…

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Amazon Cracks Down on Counterfeit Products

Back in March of 2020, the US House of Representatives put forward a bill to fight fake products. Specifically, it would make e-commerce companies such as Amazon legally liable for counterfeits sold on its platform. The name of the bill is the Shop Safe Act. As a result, Amazon is stepping up the battle against counterfeits. The retail giant has created a new team that will investigate fakes. Additionally, this team will pursue criminal charges…

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Free Legal Disclaimer for COVID19 Open-Source Creators and Makers

We are inspired by the efforts of the maker and “hacker” community in the efforts to create open-source Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID19 pandemic. Most of these creators are young people with abilities in laser cutting and 3D printing devices at home who are turning their apartments and homes into small PPE production lines. In an effort to help them provide this emergency manufacturing with some legal tools, we are sharing a release…

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5 Important Take-Aways from the Marijuana Business Panel

Arizona Bar members gathered early November 2019 to discuss the legal framework of the Cannabis business locally and nationally.  Business and trademark attorney Marcos E. Garciaacosta participated in the panel, contributing his expertise in several aspects of the laws and regulations that affect the cannabis businesses. Cannabis in Arizona is legal for medical purposes since 2010 but illegal for recreational use. Still, there are important considerations to note. Here is the lowdown in 5 bullets.…

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