A group of local activists on Wednesday urged the Department of Intellectual Property to withdraw drug patent requests for cannabis extract. "It is clear that those patent requests are against Thai law, but the department ignored the law by accepting the requests," Kannikar Kijtiwatchakul, a coordinator of FTA Watch told the Bangkok Post. The Department of Intellectual Property is looking at the matter after local activists found it had accepted requests by foreign pharmaceutical companies to patent drugs from cannabis extract. Local activists have found foreign pharmaceutical companies had filed 12 patent requests with the department. Among affected local research groups is the GPO, that invested 120 million baht for a cannabis plantation trial in Pathum Thani.
Source: Bangkok Post November 14, 2018 23:51 UTC