One of the world’s most successful and well-known artists, Drake, is trying to trademark a symbol in the US, after landing a partnership with Canopy Growth. Much to his disappointment, Drake faces strong opposition and backlash from his home country, Canada, who insist that they own the copyright for the symbol. Drake’s trade mark application consisted of a red stop sign displaying a cannabis leaf alongside the letters ‘THC’, according to documents filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
This would be the same image which is utilised by Health Canada as a warning label on products containing THC and other pharmaceutical products. It is designated for pharmaceutical goods which are classified as ‘herbs for smoking’. Canada is the first industrialised nation to legalise recreational marijuana and insists that it already owns all copyright for the symbol in question.
Eric Morrissette, chief of media relations for Health Canada, wrote in an e-mail that “It can be an infringement of Crown copyright to reproduce the symbol for commercial products”. It appears that Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Drake Graham, intends to utilise the trademark for his own apparel line, including suits, hats and shoes, in accordance to the application.
Time will tell if Drake can get by this opposition and succeed in registration.
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