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Richard Naiberg at the Grow Up Conference & Expo


Lawyer Richard Naiberg
Area Cannabis


Scotiabank Convention Centre
6815 Stanley Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Friday, September 13, 2019
11:15am: The Strain I Own: Plant Breeders Rights and Patents

Speaker: Richard Naiberg, Partner, Goodmans LLP

As the projected $22 billion worldwide market becomes reality, proprietary concerns will affect cannabis entrepreneurs and researchers. It’s worth knowing that there’s pre-existing legislation called the Plant Breeders Rights Act that protects exclusivity for creators of new strains and varieties of commercial plants. If they meet the criteria, holders of PBRs can, “exclude others from selling, producing, exporting, importing, making repeated use of, conditioning, and stocking the propagating material of the protected plant variety for 20 or 25 years.” What does it mean to “own” a strain of cannabis? And what do you risk if you don’t protect your leafy intellectual property? This session looks at how you can protect yourself.

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