Title: Deconstructed: U.S. Cannabis Patent Landscape
Date: 28 August 2017
While cannabis has remained federally illegal in the United States since the passage of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, The US Patent and Trademark Office has been issuing cannabis-related patents since 1942. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services patented (US Patent No. 6,630,507) some of the basic work on the medical potential of cannabinoids in 2003. While the government’s view of cannabis has had no apparent dampening effect on patent activity per se, it remains likely that the opening of markets by the progressive legalization of cannabis and its resultant entry into mainstream medical practice will stimulate new levels of activity.