Topic: Intellectual Property

Cannabis Meets Subject Matter Patentability

As the path to legality of cannabis and cannabis-related products progresses, the formerly illegal world of marijuana now confronts legal principles beyond law enforcement. And the patent laws are no exception. On April 17, 2019, in the case of United Cannabis Corp. v. Pure Hemp Collective, 2019 WL 1651846 (D. Col. 2019), the District Court for the District of Colorado issued an order denying a motion for summary judgment that certain claims of United Cannabis’ (“UCANN”) United States Patent No. 9,730,911 (“the ‘911 patent”) were invalid.

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