In our ongoing coverage of trademark litigation in the cannabis space, we now have a lawsuit filed by National Grange against the Oregon-based Hemp Grange.
The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry (or the National Grange) is the nation’s oldest agricultural fraternal organization. The National Grange is a “family, community organization with its roots in agriculture,” and was founded in 1867. The National Grange also owns a number of active U.S. federal trademark registrations, including registrations for GRANGE covering the following range of goods and services:
Dress shirts, Hats, Jackets, Short-sleeved or long-sleeved t-shirts, Sweat shirts and Ties, all sold or distributed in connection with a national fraternal organization, and specifically excluding footwear; Jewelry; Ornamental pins; Cookbooks; Farmers’ markets; Catering services; providing community centers for social gatherings and meetings, at which meals are served; providing social meeting, banquet and social function facilities; provision of fair and exhibition facilities; Restaurant services; Credit cards, posters, and publications; namely, newsletters, brochures, and pamphlets about family life in farm, rural and suburban communities, national legislative affairs; and Association and charitable services; namely, advancing the quality of family life in farm, rural and suburban communities.
The scope of trademark protection granted