Cannabis is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States, and the cannabis plant is characterized by some as its most valuable asset. Some strains of cannabis stand out as superior based on a number of factors including yield of seed, fiber and cannabinoid content. Various strains are adapted for particular regions and cultivation environments. Other strains possess unique characteristics including unique aromas, desirable growth characteristics and other attributes.
Exclusivity in the marketplace can reward a grower/entrepreneur. This article illustrates a number of possible ways to protect your strain in the marketplace. Protection can be afforded through the strategic use of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Contracts and Plant Variety Protection Certificates.
No single form of intellectual protection is comprehensive. Each form has its advantages, limitations and associated costs. The best protection includes an array of strategically considered hurdles that limit a competitors use of the protected strain.
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