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Cannabis patent applications from foreigners raise fears of monopoly

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Cannabis patent applications from foreigners raise fears of monopoly

By The Nation

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A Thai man with a marijuana tattoo on his face smokes and looks on during a protest held to show opposition to the patent for marijuana extracts, outside the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, 20 November 2018. // EPA-EFE PHOTO

ALL APPLICANTS for cannabis-related patents in the Intellectual Property Department (IPD) are foreigners, raising suspicion that the rush to legalise marijuana may have been designed to grant monopoly to certain groups.

“Will the move pave the way for monopolies?” Panthep Phuaphongphan, dean of Rangsit University’s Institute of Integrative Medicine and Anti-Ageing, asked yesterday.

According to him, Thais are still not allowed to conduct research on marijuana-based medicines, but some foreigners have already filed applications seeking patents. 

Read more: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30358979

-- The Nation 2018-11-21

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