A California company specializing in hemp-derived delta-8 THC products has notched a fourth straight victory in copyright battles with competitors that it claimed were illegally using its protected brand.
According to Law360, AK Futures – which sells the popular “Cake”-branded delta-8 THC vaporizers – won its latest court fight when a federal judge again ruled that hemp-based products are protected under federal copyright laws because hemp was legalized in 2018.
In the case, U.S. District Judge James Selna ordered two of AK Futures’ rivals, Limitless Trading Co. and A1 Wholesale Supply Co., to pay $100,000 in damages and legal fees. Limitless does business as Cali Kulture.
The judge also issued permanent injunctions preventing the companies from using the trademarked “Cake” brand owned by AK Futures, Law360 reported.
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In 2021, AK Futures filed lawsuits against Boyd Street Distro, Green Buddha and Smoke Tokes, and according to Law360, Selna issued injunctions against all three companies.
The companies were ordered to pay $150,000 apiece in damages and legal fees.