Agtech Tag

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...

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...

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...

First there was an Industrial Revolution, then a Cultural Revolution, and now an Agricultural Revolution. The Royse AgTech Innovation Network brought Silicon Valley to China this past December, hosting pitches, panels and presentation events in Shanghai, Beijing, ShenZhen and Hangzhou (and additional events in Taipei, Hong...

Agricultural providers and producers face numerous legal and regulatory challenges. They must comply with an increasing number of state and federal requirements, including labor and employment laws, environmental regulations, land use, pesticide use, food safety, and more. Agriculture technology (“AgTech”) is the leading solution to...

In contrast to the federal perspective on marijuana businesses, popular vote has legalized recreational marijuana in four states and the District of Columbia. In addition, medical marijuana is legal in 25 states. States that legalize marijuana often levy heavy excise taxes on marijuana products. These...

In recent months, Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”) have grown to account for more startup funding in blockchain-based companies. Rather than seeking funding from traditional angel or venture investors to pledge capital for equity, companies are now looking toward the cryptocurrency sphere to crowdsource the sale...

ROSE Beer Denied Trademark Application for Being Too Generic  The United States Patent and Trademark Office refused to allow a company to register the mark ROSE for its beer based mixed beverages. In order to qualify for registration, a proposed mark must be able to distinguish the...

California Feed Supply Company Defends Captive Insurance Deductions Kings River Commodities, LLC, a livestock feed business, was denied $2.83 million in deductions for captive insurance expenses. In a U.S. Tax Court petition, dated May 11, 2017, the company argues that these expenses were necessary to...

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