William McNichol


Patents play an important role in American business by encouraging innovation and investment. The Cannabis industry, which has obtained thousands of patents, is no exception. At least one owner of Cannabis patents has filed a patent infringement action to enforce those patents against a competitor (United Cannabis Corp. v. Pure Hemp Collective, Inc., Case No. 18-cv-01922(WJM-NYW) D. Colo., filed July 30, 2018). Unfortunately, under a long line of authorities going back to The Highwayman’s Case in 1725, the illegality of…