IP protection for food technology

The food revolution is in full flow, epitomised by the Field to Fork movement and concept of Beauty from Within.

There’s a growing understanding among companies and consumers alike of the need to feed the world safely and sustainably. Diets are changing, with clean labels and functional foods and beverages that provide health benefits above-and-beyond basic nutrition in-demand.

Food tech innovations play a fundamental part in this transformation. If you’re an innovator, intellectual property rights (especially patents) are key to protecting your efforts.

How we can help protect your IP

Our IP attorneys can help you to capitalise on the success of your innovations to ensure that you’re best-placed to continue transforming our food system and encouraging health and wellbeing.

Our experience is vast throughout the food supply-chain, from the field to the fork:

  • Ingredient innovation
  • Functional foods and beverages (nutraceuticals, nutricosmetics, sport nutrition)
  • Crop science
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Food production and processing
  • Supply-chain traceability
  • Packaging
  • Branding

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Case studies

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Colour Tone Masterbatch Ltd

A masterstroke in plastic recycling

We secured global patent protection for a new black colourant for plastics which will enable more to be recycled using infrared sorting technology.

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Vintage Enterprises

For the love of cheese

Shape marks are notoriously difficult to protect. Find out how we secured a trade mark for one farm’s signature, heart-shaped cheese.

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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.

Meet our team

Alison Cole

Senior Trade Mark Attorney

Dr Simon Mitchell

Partner - Patents

Dr Jenny Smith

Patent Assistant

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