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The use of sensor technology and hi-tech systems in precision agriculture has resulted in large quantities of data about farm conditions, operations, and yields in the possession of agricultural technology providers. Agricultural technology providers or “ATPs” are constantly developing new software algorithms to organize and...

A US patent gives the patent holder a right to exclude others from making, using, and importing the patented invention into the US.  Most every other country has similar patent laws and grant patents that are enforceable within their territories.  In order to receive a...

The Last Straw for Starbucks? Company Pledges to Ditch Plastic Straws by 2020 Starbucks announced on July 9 that it plans to phase out plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. This move follows the city of Seattle’s recent ban on plastic straws, where...

Since it is difficult in the food and beverages industries to keep trade secrets, or to invent things so totally new that they can be patented, “trade dress” and other types of branding are especially important forms of intellectual property protection. A recent case, however,...

This article aims to explain how some of the new tax rules in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “2017 Tax Act”) affect the agriculture industry, as well as provide some tax planning considerations in light of the new rules.Prior Farmer and Cooperative DeductionsUnder prior law, to...

California requires Farm Labor Contractors (FLCs) to be licensed by the State. Licensing requirements include taking an exam, maintaining a farm labor contractor bond, promptly paying earnings to agricultural employees based on clearly stated rates of pay, and other responsibilities. From time to...

While California’s journey to legalizing cannabis began in 1972, the first ballot initiative approved by California voters was the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (also known as “Proposition 215”). Proposition 215 legalized the use, possession, and cultivation of cannabis by individuals with a physician’s recommendation...

Montel Williams Files Suit against Marijuana Retailers for Trademark Infringement The famous talk show host Montel Williams filed a lawsuit against medical marijuana retailers under the Lanham Act and Florida’s right to privacy and publicity statute for using his likeness to propagate fake advertisements and news...

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