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Graham Pechenik
Calyx Law
San Francisco, CA
Graham Pechenik is a registered patent attorney and the founder of Calyx Law, a law firm specializing in cannabis and psychedelics related intellectual property. Graham has a BS from UC San Diego, where he chose his Cognitive Neuroscience and Biochemistry majors after his first psychedelic experiences inspired deep curiosity about the bases for changes in consciousness, and a JD from New York University, where he initially pursued interests in bioethics and cognitive liberty. After a decade at large law firms defending and challenging patents for Fortune 500 companies across the agricultural, chemical, pharmaceutical, biotech, and technology industries, including working on several landmark patent cases both at trial and on appeal, Graham started Calyx Law in 2016 to help cannabis and psychedelics ventures design and implement their IP strategies. Graham is also editor-at-large of Psychedelic Alpha, where he writes about psychedelics IP, provides data for patent trackers, and maintains a psychedelics legalization and decriminalization tracker, and he is a member of Chacruna’s Council for the Protection of Sacred Plants. Graham was raised in Oakland, CA, and currently lives in San Francisco.
Our IP work includes the development of alternative patent strategies such as patent pledges and IP commoning, that temper the exclusive monopoly right in order to permit certain uses or encourage follow-on innovation, and we are grateful to be able to spend a significant amount of time on low and pro bono IP work for less-resourced clients and those who do not usually benefit from the patent system.