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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone, and happy Monday. I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, where you, the inventor, entrepreneur, or business owner, get your daily inspiration so you can go make the world a better place.


Alright, we’re here, we’re talking about a brand new subject and industry that’s really taken a lot of states by storm – it’s cannabis law and the cannabis industry. Whether it be producing it, growing it, retailing it, or consuming it, this industry is by far and away one of the most important and late-breaking industries. What we have is technology to not only grow unique plants and varieties but have different devices and unique ways of dealing with business, whether it’s tracking it via software, figuring out how to grow it, and then finally how to sell it. What are the methods and financial ins and outs of how this is going to work?

We have nine states that have legalized both medical and recreational marijuana. There are over 20 states now that have got on top of the nine that have legalized medical marijuana. So, it’s more than half of the country that has now come on board and legalized this new substance that is part of the mainstream. But even though it’s part of the mainstream, at least around here, what’s not true is that it is not federally legal. That means that all of the federal processes, federal law that governs things like patents and trademarks, there are some issues with regard to the Controlled Substances Act. So, with that, we’re going to talk about this week. We’re going to take a look at each part of intellectual property and analyze how cannabis law, the cannabis industry rather, is impacted and what owners and those that are in the industry need to know about how to protect their intellectual property.

You can take a look at trademark law. Tomorrow, we’re going to dig into how different brands are affected. On Wednesday, we’re going to take a look at patent law, do a deep dive into what is patentable about cannabis. And then, lastly, in the week, we’re going to take a look at the Plant Variety Protection Act for those plants that can’t quite be protected under plant patents, but there is another mechanism to do that. We’re going to talk about that on Thursday, and I’m going to finish out discussing copyrights and trade secrets within the cannabis law, cannabis industry.

Art, buddy, have a wonderful day. I’m your host J.D. Houvener. Go big, go bold.

About the Author
J.D. Houvener is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive. J.D. leverages his technical background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry to provide businesses with a unique perspective on their patent needs. He works with clients who are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patents in the market. If you have any questions regarding this article or patents in general, consider contacting J.D. at