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Trademark Clearance: What Every Brewery Must Know

McLaughlin, PC has developed a streamlined process for handling trademark clearance that involves clients doing some of the research themselves, helping to reduce legal fees.  Matthew McLaughlin explained the firm's trademark clearance process in the second article of a four-part series he wrote for the University of Vermont’s Continuing and…

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Why Trademarks Matter in the Competitive Craft Beer Industry

Trademarks matter in the craft beer industry, as Matthew McLaughlin wrote in a piece for the University of Vermont. A craft brewery’s intellectual property is its most valuable asset, and it starts with a name—a trademark—that embodies the product's creativity, passion and inspiration. In an article recently published by the…

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Task Force Takes First Step Toward Mississippi Hemp Industry

The Mississippi hemp industry took a step forward with the formation of the Hemp Cultivation Task Force—a result of legislation that McLaughlin, PC supported in the Mississippi Legislature this year. by Conner Reeves In late 2018, the federal government legalized hemp through the 2018 Farm Bill, distinguishing it from its…

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McLaughlin, PC Adds Craft Beer Depth and Expands into Alabama

(Jackson, Mississippi) – McLaughlin, PC is pleased to announce that David Carn has joined the firm in Alabama. Prior to joining McLaughlin, PC, David served as in-house counsel to the Alabama-based regional craft brewery, Back Forty Beer Company. David has over a decade of experience as both in-house counsel and…

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Hemp – What’s Next? State Action and Regulations

By: Matthew McLaughlin and Conner Reeves Last week, Congress passed the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill and President Trump signed it today, December 20, 2018. The 800-page omnibus spending bill contains many provisions important to agriculture, but none may be as exciting as the legalization of hemp, which…

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Legalizing Industrial Hemp a Boon for Mississippi Economy

While many states are legalizing medical and adult-use marijuana, the federal government has been quietly working to legalize industrial hemp. Hemp is a genetic cousin of marijuana and both are varieties of the cannabis plant, though hemp does not contain intoxicating amounts of the psychoactive compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Hemp has been…

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Want Startup Capital? Put Skin In the Game

In fifteen years, working with hundreds of food and beverage clients and other businesses, we've found that one of the most common hurdles to clear for a new venture is—drumroll—raising startup capital. Regardless of whether a company is a brewery five years into scale, or an early-stage, consumer-packaged product iterating at…

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