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IP Ingredients Blog, Parts 11-20

April 2024

Welcome to our blog series, IP Ingredients, created by our Food & Drink Team. This blog will explore the latest IP news, updates, and discussions in the food & drink sector.

Understanding how intellectual property is relevant to your food or drink company, and how to leverage different IP rights for business success can be tricky.

To help you untangle some of these issues, HGF attorneys Jennifer Bailey and Tanya Waller, together with other members of HGF’s Food & Drink team, have launched a new series of articles, “IP Ingredients”, which provides an introduction to IP in the food and drink field as well as giving lots of practical advice.

Part 11: Exploring colours in the food & drink sector – a patent perspective

In the eleventh edition of this series, “Exploring colours in the food & drink sector” ,  we discuss how the visual appearance, especially the colour, of a food or beverage product is one of the first things that a consumer will assess, using this information to decide whether a product looks good enough to taste or purchase.

Part 12: Exploring colours in the food & drink sector – overcoming hurdles and leveraging colour trade marks

In the twelfth edition of this series, “Overcoming hurdles and leveraging colour trade marks” , we discuss colours in the food and drink sector, and how to overcome hurdles and leverage colour trade marks.

Part 13: Navigating Trade Marks in the World of Food and Drink Rebranding

In the thirteenth edition of this series, “Navigating Trade Marks in the World of Food and Drink Rebranding” , we discuss rebranding and trade marks.

Part 14: A bitesize guide to freedom to operate

In the fourteenth edition of this series “A bitesize guide to freedom to operate” ,  we discuss everything you need to know about freedom to operate in the context of patent rights.

Part 15: How and when to use trade secrets to protect your food or drink innovations

In the fifteenth edition of this series “How and when to use trade secrets to protect your food and drink innovations” , we discuss trade secrets and how and when you should use them to protect your innovation

Latest updates

eControl System’s marketing and selling practices create unfair impression of a commercial connection with AGA

In July 2023, iconic British brand AGA Rangemaster Group Limited (“AGA”) filed a trade mark infringement and copyright complaint directed to eControl System’s[1] second-hand refurbished AGA cookers. The case vindicates …

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Fuelling innovation – The IP Behind Sports Nutrition

The importance of innovation in sporting success With the Euros in full swing and the Olympics on the horizon, this summer elite athletes will be pushed to the limits of …

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UPC issues two first instance decisions on infringement

Last week, just over one year since it became operational, the UPC handed down its first major decision in an infringement action. Here, the UPC met one of its primary …

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Exam Success and Congratulations

We are very proud to share news that some of our colleagues have received fantastic results in the European patent qualifying and the UK Foundation exams! We want to congratulate …

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New Blog Series - Agritech Thymes: A brief look at public prior use of plants in the US

In the US, plants can be protected by utility patents, plant patents and/or plant variety rights. Both types of patent are subject to the same novelty rules of USC §102, …

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Managing IP firm rankings - Patents 2024

HGF would like to announce we have been ranked Tier 1 and Tier 2, and Other Notable Firms in the latest Managing IP firm rankings for patent work. Managing Intellectual …

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