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Coming next week: Cannabis Research and Commercialization – Best Practices for University IP Protection


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 23rd, 2019

As cannabis becomes big business and has become legalized in many states across the U.S., a growing number of universities have opened research units dedicated to the study of cannabis and hemp. Research and commercialization activity is booming around medical applications, agricultural advances, and consumer product development. But many legal experts warn that the industry‘s rapid growth is outpacing legal protections for the IP involved and can complicate matters for the research itself.

Universities face unique challenges in protecting intellectual property surrounding cannabis created by its conflicting legal status between state and federal law. The continued criminalization of cannabis at the federal level obstructs strong trademark protection. It has the effect of simultaneously making the demonstration of novelty easier under patent law while making compliance with the written description requirement more difficult. In other words, protecting the IP that stems from cannabis research is tricky, but not impossible.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has scheduled this important webinar: Cannabis Research and Commercialization: Best Practices for University IP Protection, scheduled for next Tuesday, October 29th. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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