Psychedelic Patents May be Bad for Your Health A Conversation with Chris Byrnes, Leslie Booher and Mason Marks

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Psychedelic Patents May be Bad for Your Health Part of our Special Series: “Patenting the Sacred” A Conversation with Chris Byrnes, Leslie Booher and Mason Marks Wednesday, September 15th 12-1:30 PM Psychedelic therapy is producing evidence of success in treating mental health disorders with potential to help respond to a growing mental health crisis. However, many observers question whether or how patents could undermine agreed upon social goals of access to these potential mental health aids for those who want them. How have patents been historically used? How has business surrounding patenting evolved in other markets and what lessons can we learn by comparison? What alternatives exist to using patents and what are the possibilities for patents if we were to reimagine their use in markets for psychedelics? Are the policy aims of patents in line with the ethos, needs, and current understanding of modern society? This discussion will be joined by Legal and Policy Associate Leslie Booher from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), patent attorney and ethical intellectual property licensing advisor Chris Byrnes, and law professor and public-health advisor Dr. Mason Marks. The panel will explore patent pledges, intellectual property commons, and patent policy through historical examples, critical reflection on evolving patent licensing market dynamics, and emerging state-level efforts to bring psychedelics deeper into the public health response to mental health crisis (e.g., Oregon). Join us as we examine the intersection of psychedelic patents and mental health care–looking at ideas for how intellectual property can be used to solve problems in the future.   Chris Byrnes is a registered patent attorney at Calyx Law, intellectual property risk advisor, and folk artist at Performing Pro Arts Commons. He has worked at the intersection of intellectual property, international trade, and public policy for Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, and artists…

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