Harris Bricken

Harris Bricken is a boutique international law firm with lawyers in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Barcelona and Beijing. Our focus is on small and medium sized businesses that operate internationally and on multinational companies that require specialized legal assistance.

We have lawyers licensed in China, Russia, Spain, Germany, Australia and various states in America. Our language capabilities include Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

Though we are small in size, we are big in reputation, both for our legal knowledge and for the relationships we establish with our clients.

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Clients have often as asked whether HIPAA applies to the cannabis industry. As with anything else in healthcare, the answer can be complex. HIPAA was enacted in 1996 to help protect a patient’s healthcare information. While HIPAA is expansive, to the extent state law is more restrictive or protective, then state law will control in those instances. 45 CFR § 160.201 et. seq. But the first question is whether HIPAA applies to the cannabis industry.…
For anyone who was unable to join our May 4th webinar, Cannabis in New York: Intro to the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, we’ve got you covered! Below, please find the full presentation for your viewing pleasure. You can download the transcript HERE. Stay up to date on cannabis in New York via the Canna Law Blog. The post Cannabis in New York: Intro to the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act: The Webinar
A few months ago, we reconnected with an American entrepreneur friend who has lived in Asia forever. In Hong Kong, actually, and he has been politically active there, so for reasons that will be clear to you if you follow the news, he’s in the process of moving. Spain is his first choice, and we think it’s an excellent one. We have offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Palma de Mallorca, and over the years we…
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s policy of rejecting applications to register trademarks that identify nonhemp cannabis products, as well as certain hemp CBD products, reflects an unduly doctrinaire approach that ultimately makes Americans less safe. As the cannabis industry continues to enter the business mainstream, the extension of trademark rights to cannabis companies’ products would provide them with additional incentives to develop reputations for quality and safety, setting them apart from actors on the…
On May 3, the District Court for the District of Columbia ( “trial court”) dismissed a petition filed by the Hemp Industries Association and others (“Petitioners”) challenging a DEA interim final rule (the “Rule”) that amended its regulations following the enactment of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”). Although not a good result for the hemp industry, all hope of challenging the rule is not lost because of a similar…
California’s cannabis regime is set up to separate every point in the supply chain into different license types: cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, testing, and retail sales, to name a few. Except for a few vertically integrated companies, virtually all cannabis businesses must rely on other companies in the supply chain to get products from farm to consumer. To that end, our California cannabis attorneys regularly draft “supply chain” agreements, which is a broad term that includes…