BANGKOK | Thailand suspends patent processing for medical marijuana

BANGKOK  | Thailand suspends patent processing for medical marijuana

BANGKOK —January 28, 2019— Thailand’s military government has suspended the licensing of commercial marijuana-based products for medical use amid concern that foreign pharmaceutical companies might try to monopolize the market.

Monday’s decree orders the director of the Department of Intellectual Property to invalidate all patent applications for medical marijuana products, declaring that for the time being commercial products from marijuana or having the same molecular structure as the plant are not supported under intellectual property laws.

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