Food & beverage

Food & beverage – patent & trade mark attorneys

Our dedicated sector group has extensive experience in the food and beverage industry. The industry continues to respond to new government guidelines and targets while meeting consumer expectations, as well as forming production methods which are sustainable and environmentally friendly.

We understand the challenges faced by companies in this highly competitive market and use our expertise in intellectual property law to help them with expert patent and trade mark attorneys. 

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Food & beverage intellectual property protection

We are proud to work with a broad range of global clients in the food and drink sector, from startups to SMEs and large multinational brands.

We help our clients to grow their ideas, protecting their cutting-edge innovative technology and developing tailored IP strategies that align with their long-term commercial goals and ambitions. Our team has a vast range of expertise in patenting and trademarking, which means whatever your product, we can advise on every aspect of the process through to market. We have particular expertise in:

  • flavourings;
  • coating compositions;
  • baked products;
  • cooking compositions;
  • seasoning blends;
  • chewing gum compositions;
  • microencapsulation of food ingredients;
  • preparation of agricultural products;
  • natural oils isolation;
  • omega 3 fatty acids;
  • protein filtration;
  • sugar extraction and fermentation;
  • CO2 dispensing;
  • modified enzymes; and
  • food packaging and processing.

Leading design law expertise

Our UK food IP team also draws on the firm’s expertise within design law. If you are seeking protection for the aesthetics of products, whether that is the food product itself, its packaging or the get-up, we can assist.

Practices and trends within the food industry are constantly changing. We are active in our efforts to keep up to date with the latest research and developments within this field. Attending industry shows such as Food Matters Live and the NPD Food and Drink Conference are important to us. Continually developing our knowledge ensures that we can give the best advice to our clients.

IP transfers, NDAs & licensing advice

We understand that not all innovators have the capacity or desire to commercialise their inventions. And so, our team can advise on protecting and transferring intellectual property rights, including: confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, licences (exclusive, sole and non-exclusive) and acquisitions.

Through this, we help maximise the profitability of our clients’ inventions. In addition to assisting clients concerning transferring intellectual property rights, our licensing experts can advise on relevant areas of competition law, termination rights and royalties.

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Meet the team

Margaret  Arnott

Margaret Arnott


Helen  Cawley

Helen Cawley


Laura  Clews

Laura Clews

Managing Associate

Paul  Cozens

Paul Cozens


Charlie  Dempster

Charlie Dempster

Managing Associate

Adela  Dinca

Adela Dinca


Posy  Drywood

Posy Drywood


Philippa  Griffin

Philippa Griffin


Alison  Haile

Alison Haile

Of Counsel

Christopher  Hamer

Christopher Hamer


Grace Heredge Thomas

Grace Heredge Thomas

Technical Assistant

David  Hobson

David Hobson


Gary  Johnston

Gary Johnston


Martin  MacLean

Martin MacLean


Matthew  Morton

Matthew Morton

Managing Associate

Lionel  Newton

Lionel Newton


Richard Nugent

Richard Nugent

IP & Commercial Consultant

Tanya  Rahman

Tanya Rahman

Trainee Trade Mark Attorney

Harry  Rowe

Harry Rowe

Managing Associate

Harald Schubart

Harald Schubart

Technical Assistant

Michael  Stott

Michael Stott


Rebecca  Tew

Rebecca Tew


Johannes  Zweck

Johannes Zweck