Protection of Intellectual Property in the Cannabis Industry
It has been an eventful few months since cannabis was legalized on October 17, 2018. Initial demand for recreational cannabis outstripped supply, leaving licensed provincial retail outlets depleted of product, and there are predictions of ongoing shortages for some time. There are regular announcements in the press of joint ventures between alcohol, pharma and Canadian licensed producers of cannabis. It was reported at the end of October that Health Canada issued seven warning letters to unnamed producers for contravention of the promotion provisions in the Cannabis Act, and by October 17, 2019 new classes of cannabis namely, edibles, extracts and topicals, will also be available. In other words, the pace of developments has quickened and has no sign of slowing down.
Legalization has lead to a substantial increase in the market value of cannabis. It is more important than ever that companies producing cannabis, cannabis products and related devices seek to protect their intellectual property in Canada in order to increase their market share.
From patents, plant breeders’ rights, industrial designs and trademarks, join the panel to discuss how to identify, protect and manage IP assets to ensure they are protected.
Moderated By: Micheline Gravelle
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