Jihee Ahn

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Jihee is an experienced complex commercial litigator in Harris Bricken’s Portland office. She represents clients in business, intellectual property, and real estate matters. Having worked extensively in both federal and state courts, Jihee advises her clients from case intake through arbitration and trial.

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Last week, Canadian corporation Yield Growth Corp. announced that its subsidiary, Urban Juve Provisions, filed a Patent Co-operation Treaty Application (PCT Application) entitled “Cannabis Root Extract, Method of Manufacture, Method of Use.” The PCT Application claims priority to eleven U.S. patents filed in the last year by the company and contains claims to a method of manufacturing cannabis root oil, as well as use of that oil as an active ingredient in various formulas for…
The SAFE Banking Act just got a new, prominent supporter – on April 9, 2019, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pledged to take a look at the legislation that would allow financial institutions to service cannabis businesses. While the Treasury Secretary admitted he’s not familiar with the Act, he acknowledged that the current conflict between federal and state law is a “significant issue.” He similarly echoed the recurring voiced concern with leaving so many marijuana companies…
Shortly after the 2018 Farm Bill passed, legalizing industrial hemp, we predicted that banking services for hemp businesses would be slow going. That has proven to be the case. For this reason, a bipartisan pair of U.S. Senators, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), sent individualized letters to four federal banking and financial regulatory institutions on April 2, 2019, pleading them to prevent banking discrimination of the newly legal…
After its introduction on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, the House Financial Services Committee has voted 45-15 to advance the SAFE Banking Act of 2019 to the House floor on a to-be-determined date. Currently, the Safe Banking Act has 152 cosponsors, including 12 Republicans, which is more than one-third of the entire House of Representatives. House Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern (D-MA) is hopeful that the chamber will vote on and pass the legislation within weeks.…
Great news: on March 7, 2019, the “Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019” (or, the “SAFE Banking Act”) was officially introduced in the House of Representatives. Even greater news: championed by Representatives Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Denny Heck (D-WA), the SAFE Banking Act reached the House with a bipartisan alliance of 106 co-sponsors – meaning a quarter of the House recognizes that state-legal, marijuana-related businesses need to be able to engage…
In keeping with last week’s cannabis patent litigation update, it’s important to discuss a landmark decision that was made by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) on claims involving a cannabis patent just two months ago. On January 3, 2019, the PTAB published its Final Written Decision in the case, Insys Development Co, Inc. v. GW Pharma Ltd., et al. (IPR 2017-00503). SPOILER ALERT: the PTAB found…
About six months ago, we posted news of the first ever cannabis patent infringement case.  As a reminder, the case was initiated by United Cannabis Corporation (“UCANN”) in the United States District Court, District of Colorado against its in-state competitor, Pure Hemp Collective Inc. (“Pure Hemp”). The subject patent is U.S.P. 9,730,911 – “cannabis extracts and methods of preparing and using same,” which generally covers liquid cannabinol formulations using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and…
Six years after it was initially introduced, the House Financial Services Committee released the latest draft legislation that would create a “safe harbor” for banks to serve the rapidly expanding cannabis industry on February 7, 2019. Entitled the “Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019” (or, the “SAFE Banking Act of 2019”), the bill aims to prohibit federal regulators from penalizing banks and other financial institutions that provide banking services to marijuana…