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Life Sciences and healthcare growth in more challenging times

Matthew Appleton

At a time of heightened regulatory and market uncertainty, it’s perhaps surprising to see life sciences and healthcare sector M&A continuing to grow so strongly. Indeed, with deal value up by more than 19%, it was one of only two sectors to record growth in transaction value. Not surprisingly, given the scale of the U.S. Read More

German courts confirm sales bans on CBD containing food

Eda Zhuleku

According to the latest version of the EU Novel Food Catalogue, EU regulators consider that CBD-containing foods and dietary supplements are classified as novel foods. The Novel Foods Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 defines as “novel” any food which has not been used for “human consumption” to a significant degree within the EU before May 1997. As Read More

CJEU: cannabis trade mark is contrary to public policy

Beverley Potts

An application for the above trade mark covering food and beverage items has been rejected by the EU General Court. The court confirmed the EUIPO’s previous decision that the mark is contrary to public policy for the following reasons: The sign contains a stylised depiction of the cannabis plant, which is the media symbol for Read More

Cannabis – What is being patented?

Marc Döring

The past few years have seen a global trend towards the liberalisation of cannabis policies, with cannabis becoming legalised in numerous countries and US states for recreational and/or medical use. Cannabis is currently authorised for medicinal use in more than 25 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. And while recreational use Read More

Slovak parliament rejects draft law which would soften regulation of CBD (cannabidiol)

Zuzana Hecko

In August 2019, the Slovak government introduced a draft law which suggested removing CBD (cannabidiol) from the list of psychotropic substances. The draft law therefore attempted to make CBD a non-regulated substance. The draft law was, however, subsequently rejected by the Slovak parliament. Act No. 139/1998 Coll. (the  Narcotics Act) places CBD in the same Read More