Agriculture & aquaculture

A growing global population applies increasing pressure on food production. Ensuring food security while preserving the natural and food production environment is driving research and development advances in the agriculture and aquaculture sectors. Tackling the issue of food security requires expertise in a broad range of technologies such as efficient pesticides, high-yield, disease-resistant seeds and animals, as well as methods of disease prevention and treatment.

How we can help

We are a focussed, specialist group of attorneys representing and advising multinational companies that carry out leading research and development to obtain, manage and defend their worldwide IP rights, and to challenge third-party IP rights. We also advise on due diligence, freedom to operate, patentability, infringement and mergers and acquisitions matters.

We have a multidisciplinary team, with technical backgrounds and experience in the chemical and biological fields, as well as a wealth of experience in brand protection. We represent a major global agribusiness and a leading player in animal health and aquaculture. We are ideally placed to protect your innovations in food production technology via patents, plant variety rights (also known as plant breeder rights), supplementary protection certificates and trade marks.

Case studies

Case Study

Anonymous medical client

Taking a scalpel to a European patent

We identified a fatal flaw and entirely revoked a competitor’s patent on the rare basis of insufficiency.

Case Study

Extract Technology

Securing patent rights before a product launch

When you need patents drafted quickly for a very technical product, it helps to bring in a real industry expert to get to grips with the invention.

Case Study

Brandon Medical

Lighting the way for new medical technology

When securing patent protection for a number of complex aspects of an invention, the ability to submit robust technical arguments is key.

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Dr Simon Mitchell

Partner - London

Ian Byworth

Partner - Newcastle

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