This panel will discuss the specific intellectual property issues faced by the cannabis industry in the current landscape and discuss the impact of the legality of cannabis on IP rights. The discussion will include tips and tricks regarding trademark protection for cannabis brands, considering the USPTO’s prohibition against the registration of marks for goods or services that are unlawful under the federal Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”), such as marijuana. They will also discuss the protection of trademarks for hemp-based and hemp-derived CBD goods and services in view of the enactment of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”). The panelists will also explore strategies for patent protection of cannabis-related goods. The discussion will be rounded out with a discussion of trade secrets, copyrights, licensing, and the difficulties involved in enforcing cannabis-related intellectual property in federal court. This practical panel will offer advice and best practices for securing IP rights as the landscape evolves.
1.25 Participatory MCLE Credits
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