The Unique Challenges Of Owning International Cannabis IP

Law360 (July 30, 2019, 3:12 PM EDT) -- As the global cannabis industry matures and invents sophisticated technology, companies are developing strategies to protect the value of their intellectual property. Companies want to know that they can protect their investment in cannabis research and development through patents just as they do in other industries, both in the United States and abroad.

This remains a tricky question for investors, especially in countries where cannabis is illegal. Questions naturally arise as to whether the patent office will grant cannabis patents, and if granted, whether those patents will be enforceable. While such questions are likely to be addressed through litigation over the...

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