Brand-Name Bud? Gold Rush To Patent Marijuana Strains Gets Snuffed By U.S. Patent Office
Correction: Commenters correctly pointed out that the patent office created a trademark category, not a patent category, for weed before reversing the decision.
A gold rush to obtain federal trademarks
patents on strains of marijuana such as Acapulco Gold, Maui Wowie and even straight-up "Chronic" was snuffed out last week by the federal patent office, according to a report in Monday's Wall Street Journal.
The move came following inquiries by the Journal regarding the new federal trademark
patent category: "Processed plant matter for medicinal purposes, namely medical marijuana." Unfortunately or not, marijuana is still federally outlawed, and the patent office pulled the category.
So, what were the patent-office workers smoking when they created the category April 1. Did they realize that was April Fool's Day?
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Patent office spokesman Peter Pappas told the Journal the category "raises examination issues ... It was a mistake and we have removed it."
We're not sure what's worse: That someone was going to be able to trademark
patent a decades-old nom-de-pot such as Acapulco Gold, thereby elbowing out others who would use the title, or the apparent lack of oversight by well-paid federal authorities.
Either way, we envision a day when the continuing privatization of intellectual property and even certain crops will spread to include brand-name bud.
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