We previously explored the applicability of trade secret protection to cannabis-related inventions. Here, we provide an overview of patent trends in the cannabis industry and how cannabusinesses can use patents to protect their technological, agricultural, genetic, or other innovations. In short, cannabis-related inventions may be patentable and cannabusinesses should work with counsel to identify which innovations may benefit from patent protection. The cannabis plant (“marijuana”) remains a Schedule I drug under federal law, despite the… Continue Reading
Emilio Cazares is an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm's San Diego (Del Mar) office.