In what appears to be a growing trend hitting the cannabis industry, a Michigan-based dispensary has been accused of infringing on a corporation’s intellectual property. Toys R Us has sent a letter to the owner of Buds R Us, accusing it of infringing on its intellectual property with its name and logo. The logo Buds R Us features a giraffe smoking a joint, drawing some similarities to Toys R Us’ Geoffrey the Giraffe.
“I thought it was a joke to tell you the truth, like really, Toys R Us coming at us. We’re just a small business out there,” Frankie, the Buds R Us owner, told Fox 2 in Detroit. “We just thought it would be funny to have a giraffe with a joint smoking.
Paul Tylenda, an attorney for Buds R Us, added: “I think that with the tongue and cheek understanding of the logo, I don’t think anybody is going to confuse the two companies.”
The owner of Buds R Us is considering changing the name and says he already has a few new ideas in the works.
This is becoming a common occurrence in the cannabis industry as different strains re being named after popular items and companies. In the past year there have been cases involving both the Girl Scouts and Gorilla Glue being served letters demanding that their brands be disassociated with cannabis products. These companies have been successful in getting these products removed but often they have been rebranded and returned to the store shelves.
Though cannabis businesses must operate differently from most in terms of how their money is handled, they must still follow common rules regarding copyright and intellectual property like any other business.
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