Patents or Trademarks for Cannabis

Aug 30, 2016

Intellectual property law is a long-established field, but applying it within the emerging cannabis industry is complicated, and in some areas, uncertain.

  As cannabis transitions into a full-fledged industry, some of the big challenges that producers and purveyors face lie in the legal realm of intellectual property, such as trademarks and patents.

Danny Zlatnik

   One way in which legal uncertainly lingers around cannabis, says Santa Rosa attorney Danny Zlatnik, depends on whether it is ultimately regulated only for medicinal uses, or if recreational use become sanctioned. The latter situation would create a more relaxed environment, he explains, while categorizing cannabis as a medical compound could greatly complicate matters.