Intellectual property is becoming an increasing source of concern in the sector—particularly among the growers I met with last week during Lift Vancouver. (After all, per growers last week, if you sell a seed for a cultivar you developed to anyone before trademarking it, you’ll likely lose your right to do so.) Here’s a quick rundown of how a producer might expect to protect cannabis IP.
- As lawyer Chad Finkelstein called upon the Canadian Intellectual Property Office to improve their 18-months-plus wait for initial trademark applications, lawyer Trina Fraser noted the strange contrast between what is prohibited under Health Canada regulations and CIPO categories of products that may be trademarked.
Twitter—Chad Finkelstein, Trina Fraser
- The Globe and Mail will discontinue its publication Cannabis Insider on February 1 and give prorated refunds to subscribers. The Globe has had a team of great people covering cannabis and my hat’s off to them for their fine work. The subscriptions were expensive, but the reporting’s top notch.
- The average Canadian is still woefully underinformed about cannabis and the laws and rules that govern its use.