Patenting Cannabis: A Look At The Numbers

Law360 (January 10, 2019, 2:26 PM EST) -- The cannabis industry has been increasingly busy over the last few years seeking patent protection for new technologies. In the decade up through October 2008, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued approximately 1,200 cannabis-related patents.[1] In the decade since, the USPTO issued just under 1,800 cannabis-related patents,[2] representing a nearly 50 percent increase over the previous decade. Although nearly 3,000 active patents[3] in the industry may sound like a lot, evidence suggests that there is probably still quite a bit of room for innovating and patenting. One useful benchmark is the somewhat comparable tobacco industry. The USPTO issued just over...

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