Cannabis Patent Activity Surges Amid Industry Gold Rush

By Matthew Bultman (October 16, 2019, 5:25 PM EDT) -- The number of cannabis patents and applications has ramped up as companies look to secure their place in the rapidly growing industry, staking a claim on everything from vapes to cultivation techniques. But alongside the enthusiasm, there are lingering questions about how these patents will hold up over time.

In 2017 and 2018, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued almost 250 cannabis patents, according to data analytics firm Magic Number. That was more than in the previous seven years combined. Last year also brought the first time a company attempted to enforce a cannabis patent in federal court.

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