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Remember when I said that we’d have some follow-up to Carter’s Big Mac post? Well, here is one of those posts! Today, we’ll talk about what it means to “use” a trademark. Trademarks are creatures of the relationship between the source of a product and its customers. They don’t exist without the product or the customer. Both are necessary.  You have to have a product (either a good or a service) and customers buying it. Specifically, you need
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As the father of a three year old boy, I spend… more time than I would like in public bathrooms. When you’re three, public bathrooms are a real place of wonder. Questions abound: Is there a “stand-up potty?” Is the paper towel machine automatic? What about the sink and soap dispenser, are they automatic too? And why can’t you touch anything in the stall? (Because people are disgusting, that’s why.)
A Legal Curiosity

On my fifth trip to the
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I like trademark law because it often just makes sense. For example, let’s talk about the requirement that a mark must be in use in order to obtain protection.

For a trademark to be registered in the United States, it has to actually be used in a way that a customer sees the mark when they are making a decision about purchasing something. To start, a trademark is meant for marks used on goods. A service mark is attached
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Working here at Ogden Glazer + Schaefer, you get to hear about all the interesting legal battles that happen around the world. Here is one that I am surprised did not get shared with you. [Note from Erin: This post was written by Carter, our high school assistant. He is not a lawyer. He is not well-versed in EU law. He doesn’t provide legal analysis, and you should not take it as legal advice. He does, however, have good
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Of course the news cycle wouldn’t allow me wrap up on Minnesota’s Adult Use Cannabis Law series at four posts (see the links for Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4)! It needed a fifth part, where I discuss the bill that was signed into law a few weeks ago.

On May 24th, Governor Tim Walz signed HF 4757 into law. The text of the bill is over 180 pages long, so to provide a summary
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If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you’re aware that Wis. Stat. 125 – Alcohol Beverages recently got a major overhaul. The updated statute, effective as of May 1, 2024, brings significant changes, especially in the area of contract manufacturing for beer, wine, and spirits. We’ve already covered Alternating Proprietorships and Recipe Production (aka Recipe Brewer). Today, we’ll explore the third type: Licensing Agreements.

Quick note: while licensing agreements are available to all industry members, this post focuses
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Non-compete agreements have been in the news lately because the FTC “banned” them.  Yeah, it was in the boring section in the news, but I know I’m not the only one who saw it – as we’ve had questions. First, the FTC issued a final rule. That’s an administrative rule, not a law, but lots and lots of rules have a big impact. Don’t believe me? The IRS, FCC, and FDA are all rule machines. I’m guessing you
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This post is the fourth and final (for now) part in a multi-part series on Minnesota’s Adult Use Cannabis Law. Feel free to check out Parts 1-3 here, here, and here. The last post talked about medical cannabis. This next post will focus on the implications of recent news coverage (like this one from the AP) about the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) intention to reschedule marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act.

Before we get too
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This post is the third part in a multi-part series on Minnesota’s Adult Use Cannabis Law. Feel free to check out Part 1 and Part 2. The last post talked about adult use cannabis businesses and what various licenses will be available. This next post will focus on adjacent products and industries impacted by the adult use cannabis law: medical cannabis and hemp.

Let’s start with medical cannabis. Medical cannabis has been legal in Minnesota since 2014.
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This post is the second part in a multi-part series on Minnesota’s Adult Use Cannabis Law. Feel free to check out Part 1. The last post provided an overview of Minnesota law related to possession, use, self-growing, and gifting, which is the extent of adult-use cannabis Minnesota law allows for pre-2025. This blog post discusses what is supposed be ahead for cannabis businesses in Minnesota (starting in 2025). I will add the quick disclaimer that much of
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With a certain holiday going on this past weekend: 04/20, some readers, particularly ones in or near Minnesota, might be wondering where things stand with Minnesota’s recreational cannabis law (the law refers to it as “adult use cannabis”). This post, and the next several that follow it, will address where things currently stand, where things are supposed to be going, and how this relates to related products and laws, such as hemp-derived THC and medicinal marijuana.

Before getting
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The renewal deadline for municipal liquor licenses is coming up soon and because of the coming changes to Wis. Stat. Ch. 125 (2 weeks away!) we’ve gotten a lot of questions about what wineries are supposed to do this year with their license renewals – renew, or not renew?

Our suggestion is not to renew. Once the changes to Wis. Stat. Ch. 125 go into effect on May 1st, wineries will have to (eventually) relinquish their municipal licenses, so
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Lots of provisions are looked at prior to a contract being signed, some at signing, and others not until afterwards when there is a problem. Representations and warranties are ones that can be important at each of these stages. Each of these are used to properly place risk and expense. They do so by showing who is “holding the bag” whenever bad things are discovered. Representations and warranties let you know what facts the other side is willing to
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I’m a little busy.

Most of our clients know my name from receiving invoices, but with 20 years of banking experience, I do a lot of complementary financial activity behind the scenes as well. I document passthrough expenses, reconcile our financial activity internally to make it easier for our accountants, and ensure that the attorney’s time entries are proofread so they appear in an organized, consistent format for the clients on their invoices. I also handle the accounts receivable,
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I feel gratitude commemorating two enriching years at Ogden Glazer + Schafer (“OG+S”) as a Paralegal in the Intellectual Property practice. As I reflect on this milestone, I am struck by the journey, the career shift and finding myself in an environment that fosters growth, champions values of DEI, continual learning, and collaboration. Influential author Brené Brown reminds us, “vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change” and this change left me feeling unsure yet eager to delve
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