Intellectual Property

Brands, patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets are critical assets to any business, especially in the nascent cannabis industry. Vicente LLP helps marijuana and hemp entrepreneurs obtain and protect their intellectual property with a variety of customizable services.

Our IP team has extensive experience in the field, and we maintain a strategic relationship with counsel who previously worked as an examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. They were drawn to Vicente LLP because of its role as a leader on cannabis law and policy, as well as our entrepreneurial spirt and authentic passion for the cannabis industry.

Vicente LLP has spent years working with cannabis and hemp brands, assisting with business strategy, agreement drafting and review, and trademark clearance and registration at both the state and federal levels. We have filed and registered dozens of federal and state trademark applications for cannabis, hemp, and CBD businesses, as well as writing and lecturing about the topics. We also actively monitor the latest cannabis regulatory and policy changes and their applications to trademark, copyright and other intellectual property protection strategies to ensure our clients maintain their position on the leading edge of this quickly evolving industry.


Founding Partner


  • Brand protection strategies
  • Trademark clearance and pre-application advising
  • Federal USPTO trademark/service mark applications
  • State trademark/service mark applications
  • International registration applications
  • Legal responses to USPTO office actions
  • Maintenance and renewal of federal registrations
  • Enforcement of client trademarks
  • Handling trademark disputes
  • Reviewing IP terms in licensing and other contracts
  • Drafting agreements related to IP protection
  • Copyright registration with the Library of Congress
  • Trade secret protection strategies
  • Legal advice on trademark and domain name selection, proper trademark use, trademark and domain name registration and general principles of intellectual property law
  • Copyright clearance and registration, and enforcement of rights against infringement services
  • Drafting agreements such as license, consent, assignment and other agreements involving trademarks, copyrights, domain names and other intellectual property
  • Conducting clearance searches and providing legal opinions regarding the risks, if any, associated with the use and registration of proposed trademarks and domain names


Cannabis Trademarks 101

By Erik Pelton, Jeffrey Welsh
Nov 13, 2020

In an industry that runs on innovation and differentiation, a cannabis brand’s identity is among its most valuable—and most prone to copying—assets.

Trademark Protection for Cannabis, Hemp and CBD Brands

Dec 11, 2019

What brand protection options are available for businesses in the cannabis, hemp, CBD or related industries? Watch this presentation to better understand the tactics your business can implement to increase protection for brand names, logos, and slogans.

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