The growing medicinal cannabis market – using IP to secure opportunities in Australia

The Australian medical cannabis industry is growing rapidly, and cannabis-related businesses are starting to look to intellectual property rights to secure a competitive advantage.  This article discusses the history of medicinal cannabis, the Australian market and the types of IP that can be utilised.   Medicinal cannabis – an evolving story Cannabis has been cultivated

When is a plant variety “distinct” and when is it “common knowledge”?

For a plant variety to be registrable by Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) it must be “distinct” from any other variety whose existence is a matter of common knowledge.[1]  This begs the question, what makes a variety a variety of common knowledge?  A recent decision from the PBR Office has clarified this issue and provided guidance regarding