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.

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.

Case Study


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.

Case Study


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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Meet our team

Alison Cole

Senior Trade Mark Attorney - London

Akber Ahmed

Trade Mark Assistant - Leeds

Alan Fiddes

Managing Partner - Leeds

Alison Simpson

Managing Partner - London | Milton Keynes

Anna Szpek

Senior Trade Mark Attorney - London

Annabel Hanratty

Trade Mark Attorney - Cardiff

Dr Christine Lund-Beck

Senior Trade Mark Attorney - Milton Keynes

Christopher Banister

Trade Mark Attorney - London

Dr Clair Curran

Senior Patent Attorney - Leeds

Gareth Price

Partner - Leeds

Ian Byworth

Partner - Newcastle

Mark Green

Partner - London

Dr Neil Pawlyn

Partner - Cardiff

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