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Graham Hood and Lei Liu discuss cannabis Plant Breeders Rights at the GrowUp Conference and Expo

Senior Associates, Graham Hood and Lei Liu, will participate on a panel of cannabis experts at the GrowUp Conference and Expo on Friday, September 13th in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

As the projected $22 billion worldwide market becomes reality, proprietary concerns will affect cannabis entrepreneurs and researchers. As authorities in trademarks and patents respectively, Graham and Lei will address what it means to “own” a strain of cannabis, and the potential risks and consequences that plant breeders face when they fail to protect their intellectual property.

The panel, titled “The Strain I Own: Plant Breeders Rights and Patents”, will take place on September 13th at 11:15am at the conference Demo Stage. Graham and Lei will be joined by Dr. Yu Seon Gadsden-Chung and Richard Naiberg.

The GrowUp Conference and Expo features over 120 speakers to bring attendees up-to-speed with what is happening in the cannabis cultivation industry, nationally and abroad. Sessions are dedicated to the hottest topics, latest trends and the future of cannabis. The Conference and Expo is focused on the education, collaboration and growth of the cannabis industry. Attendees include licensed producers, suppliers, equipment manufacturers, investors, lawyers, government officials and growing enthusiasts.

Smart & Biggar is Canada's largest firm practising exclusively in intellectual property and technology law, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. As leaders in intellectual property and technology law Smart & Biggar has been serving clients for over a century.