June 20, 2024

Dozens of pieces of intellectual property go into the preparation, processing, production, and packaging of Hempacco’s hemp cigarettes and hemp vapes. Some are patented, and some remain secret, but everything is designed to offer their consumers an unforgettable experience. The research and development they pour into each product sets their brand apart from anything else on the market.

Patented IP involved in manufacturing hemp smokables 

Machines designed to manufacture hemp cigarettes do not exist, so Hempacco converted a tobacco machine to do the job. The process of preparing just the right hemp blend to run through the machine involves one piece of intellectual property, and modifications to the machine involve another. It was two years of painstaking experimentation before the company was able to manufacture one hemp cigarette.

Next, Hempacco developed a patent to remove the odor of hemp and cannabis from their cigarettes and vapes. Their team knew that if they wanted to draw a larger market share away from tobacco, they needed to develop cigarettes that did not evoke the aroma of marijuana.

Hempacco also employs patented intellectual property as it integrates function into its products, spraying cannabinoids into the hemp and blending them together in a machine that looks like a large cement mixer. This method of spraying, mixing, and drying involves intellectual property, and anyone advertising infused hemp cigarettes is infringing on the company’s patented process.

Additionally, because Hempacco was determined to add customer experience to our biodegradable filters, the company developed technology to infuse the filter with taste, odor, and function. Let’s say someone is smoking Hempacco’s Relaxation Mint cigarettes — from the moment they open the box, they smell the mint, and when the tip of their tongue touches the filter, they taste it. Hempacco has exclusive rights to the process that infuses hemp cigarette filters with flavor. No one else can offer flavor-infused filters, not even companies making tobacco cigarettes.

IP driving the flavor and function of Hempacco’s hemp cigarettes and vapes

It’s difficult to patent the formulas behind the flavors and functions of Hempacco’s line of smokables, so the company keeps this category of IP confidential. For example, the recipe mixing mint, clover, and a relaxation cannabinoid is part of their intellectual property.

In addition to factories, Hempacco owns its own labs for the internal research and development behind all their mixes, formulas, and functions. To date, the company has developed IP for CBD-based products in its “Relax” line, CBG-based products in its “Focus” line, and Delta 8/Delta 9-based products in its “Party” line.

Hempacco applies the IP for these functions and formulas across a portfolio of products, including chocolates, tinctures, capsules, hard candy, and gummies. Currently, they produce approximately a million gummies a day. No other company can produce affordable hemp-based gummies to scale.

Hempacco’s IP developed for celebrity trademarks, marketing, and packaging

Hempacco’s next category of IP involves products partnered with known celebrities, which currently include Rick Ross, Cheech and Chong, and Snoop Dogg. Its latest trademark is for dog house-shaped gummies in an homage to Snoop Dogg’s album, “Doggy Style.”

Last but not least, Hempacco incorporates IP in its marketing and packaging, and is actually the first to use AI to market our hemp-based consumer goods. A little-known fact is that at the age of 28, Jorge Olson, the company’s founder began his career as CEO of a software company. He was determined to be an early adopter of AI, so he generated all of Hempacco’s logos, packaging, and themes with the help of artificial intelligence.

The innovations that drive Hempacco’s cigarette manufacturing

The innovations driving Hempacco’s products come from consumers. The company always starts by looking at what customers want.

Right now, consumers tell Hempacco that they want function — specifically, the Delta 8 and Delta 9-based line mentioned earlier called “Party.” They want this function in their hemp-based smokables, but also in their smoking paper, edibles, and gummies. Hempacco is currently working on ways to incorporate it into new delivery systems like chocolates and hard candy.

These innovations come naturally as Hempacco’s other co-founder, Sandro Piancone, and Olson collaborate. Their talents and interests complement each other like two pieces of a puzzle. Sandro handles IP involving execution, meaning that when Olson brings him an idea, he brings it to life. Ideas mean nothing without execution, and Sandro is the reason Hempacco gets things done.

Olson brings creativity and artistry to Hempacco’s customer experience and always considers how a product feels in a customer’s hand and what memories it will evoke. When someone runs their fingers across the soft gold foil of our packaging, they are already making an emotional connection with the product. All of this is intellectual property, but customers just say, “Wow, what a cool package!”

How technology shapes Hempacco’s hemp cigarette production 

Hempacco is not merely a brand. It produces and manufactures all of its products, and its operations include having a hand in every step of its entire supply chain.

For example, when someone goes to the store and sees one of Hempacco’s products, they know the company’s team was behind every step of getting that product to the shelf. Hempacco was responsible for every part of the research and development, the intellectual property, the processing, the manufacturing, and the delivery.

Technology is involved in every aspect of the process. Hempacco uses technology in manufacturing, project management, and monitoring the manufacturing process. The company employs technology as it markets, sells, and delivers its products — all steps that involve various machines, software, and AI.

Throughout it all, however, Hempacco only thinks about one thing: the consumer. All of the intellectual property, patterns, trademarks, raw materials, ideas, software, and machines behind the company’s products are all for their customers, who have an unforgettable experience from start to finish, because of all the pieces of IP along the way.