Food and drink

In the UK food and drink industry today, consumers demand choice. They make informed decisions and want good value, local sourcing and ethical production. The competitive nature of the industry means that IP protection is vital. Just consider the Nestlé-Cadbury and Budweiser-Budvar trade mark wars. In the digital age, where food is not only eaten but tweeted and shared on Instagram, it’s essential to think about protecting names, logos, sub-brands, packaging and domain names a soon as possible.

Client Testimonial
“We found Gareth Price both professional and knowledgeable. UDL's service to us, as a new UK drinks business with the world's first Skinny Lager (and making sure that we can protect the name globally in our class of goods) is invaluable to ensure that we stay ahead of the competition and protect our IP.”

Sales Director and Co-Founder, SkinnyBrands Ltd

How we can help

We provide robust, cost-effective, commercial legal solutions to the challenges encountered every day by businesses across the UK’s food and drink manufacturing sector. We work with a range of businesses, from SMEs to major corporations. Our clients range from leading global frozen food producers to bottled water charities, as well as craft distilleries and breweries. We advise international wholesale food producers and distributors through to local, independent food and drink producers.

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020 3904 3365

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Case Studies

Case Study

White Heron

Protecting an ‘unprotectable’ trade mark

Despite concern that obtaining a trade mark for the French word for ‘blackcurrant’ would be impossible, we persevered, proving that reputation is key.

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Case Study

Lidl

Coming up against an infamous trade mark filer

Here’s what happened when we went up against a company with links to the infamous serial trade mark filer Michael Gleissner, on behalf of Lidl.

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Case Study

SkinnyBrands

Brand protection for a fast moving SME

Launching a new brand is full of difficulties — especially when you have no IP strategy in place. We educated one such brand to apply for trade marks.

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Blogs

Patents

16-04-2019

​Three alternative, innovative Easter egg ideas

Want to go above and beyond a cheap supermarket chocolate egg this Easter? Prepare to be inspired...

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Trade marks

10-04-2019

Cheesy feet — how to protect an unusual trade mark

Here’s our guide to protecting unusual trade marks, such as colours, shapes, patterns and smells.

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Trade marks

16-01-2019

BIG MAC trade mark McCancelled

In a real David vs Goliath trade mark dispute, McDonald's BIG MAC registration has been cancelled.

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Key people

Find out more about our team.

London

Alison Cole

Senior Trade Mark Attorney

Leeds

Akber Ahmed

Trade Mark Assistant

Leeds

Alan Fiddes

Managing Partner

London

Alison Simpson

Managing Partner

London

Anna Szpek

Senior Trade Mark Attorney

Cardiff

Annabel Hanratty

Trade Mark Attorney

Milton Keynes

Dr Christine Lund-Beck

Senior Trade Mark Attorney

London

Christopher Banister

Trade Mark Attorney

Leeds

Dr Clair Curran

Senior Patent Attorney

Leeds

Newcastle

London

Mark Green

Partner

Cardiff

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+44 330 107 5077

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