Beverage law is complex, varies from state to state, and can change at any time. Whether you have a business in the beverage industry, or are planning on starting a business in the beverage industry, Stanton IP Law Firm, a Tampa-based intellectual property attorney servicing clients across the United States, offers services to assist with all facets of beverage law – more than just IP. Alcoholic beverages are highly regulated in the United States. Any business that sells these beverages needs expert help to ensure compliance with regulations. Selling alcoholic beverages may entail any of the following:
- Entity formation
- License applications
- Drafting and reviewing contracts
- Trademarks – filing trademarks, trademark search, and watch services
- TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) label/recipe approval
To navigate these points, you need an attorney that is well-versed in Florida beverage law. The following are some areas related to beverage law that Stanton IP Law Firm covers.
Starting any type of business requires choosing the right entity type, such as LLC, Corporation, or Sole Proprietor. In an industry with so many regulations, it’s especially critical for anyone starting, or running, a beverage company to make the most suitable choice. An alcohol license attorney can provide guidance and help with filing the appropriate documents in not only Florida, but also New York, Washington DC, and Boston.
Navigating Regulatory Laws
Any business that sells or makes alcohol needs to comply with a complex array of local, state, and federal laws. Stanton IP Law Firm attorneys are highly knowledgeable regarding Florida beverage law, as well as federal laws, including:
- Import and export regulations
- Local zoning laws
- Franchise laws
- Regulations on beverage labeling
- Laws regulating the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages
- Advertising and marketing
Any business that sells or manufactures alcohol, such as a retailer, restaurant, bar, or manufacturer needs a license. There are several types of licenses, depending on the type of business. In addition to a state license, businesses need a federal permit and must file the appropriate tax documentation. Our attorneys can simplify and accelerate the process. Contact a Stanton IP Law Firm beverage law attorney today to get started.
A beverage attorney can draft and review contracts, which are often numerous and complex. Contracts are needed for a variety of transactions and agreements, such as distribution contracts, vendor agreements, third-party marketing agreements, and other contracts.
Production and distribution agreements can be especially complex and full of minutia. Before drafting or signing contracts, it’s necessary to be aware of the latest regulations and industry trends, which an attorney can assist with.
Trademarks and Copyrights
As intellectual property specialists, Stanton IP Law Firm is well-equipped to help companies develop, apply for, and protect their brands with trademarks and copyright. A trademark is a design, word, or another distinguishing symbol that sets your brand apart. Brand names and logos are common examples of trademarked items. Copyrights pertain to original material such as an artistic, literary, or intellectual creation. Ad copy, label designs, content related to a brand (e.g. a video, recording, or article), and software can be protected by copyright.
The TTB has strict guidelines concerning labels on alcoholic beverages. Before a product can be sold, it must receive a COLA (Certificate of Label Approval). Stanton IP Law Firm can help accelerate the approval process for both print and online label applications. See how our beverage law attorneys can help.