The food and drink sector is brand-rich and full of intangible assets and ideas protected by trade mark registrations and other IP rights. We have brought together leading analysis and case studies from the experts in trade marks to help businesses in this vital sector of the economy to maximise their value and opportunities from their ideas. We hope you enjoy and benefit from these articles.
With annual turnover of around £35m, and exports to over eight countries, Boost Drinks knows success. But in a crowded marketplace, where the value of a business can be completely tied up with the brand, working with a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney can make all the difference.
North London’s Ace Cafe is a destination venue. But how do you protect such an iconic café? Especially on a global scale?
Candy Kittens is a gourmet sweet range designed to challenge and disrupt the confectionery industry. With the help of a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, the business is now fully protected - and growing fast.
Not just a tasty-sounding combination. Stilton and Cornish pasties cannot be used on just any cheese or pasty product. This is because they’re protected by geographical indications (GIs).
Your brand has never been a more important part of building a business in the food and drink sector - how to you leverage it to make your business a success?
To what lengths did Bass Brewery go to secure the UK’s first registered trade mark? We take a historical look at the early UK trade mark registrations you’ll still recognise today.
Branding is vital to your product standing out – what do you need to know to protect it?
Packaging is part of your visual identity so you need to protect it, particularly in crowded markets like the food and drink sector.
Craft brewers are synonymous with innovative names for beers – but what happens when their brands clash with the registered trade marks of big names?
How is merging words to create brand names like Nayonaise, Tofurky and Ginspire about to take off in the food and drink sector?
Brands are vital to any organisation operating in the food and beverage manufacturing business.
As craft beer goes mainstream, how should brewers go about protecting their brands?
How are brands like Coca-Cola using 'fluid' trade marks to promote social distancing?
What do the brands and trade marks belonging to this year’s The Apprentice finalists tell us?
What do the ‘Red Tractor’ logo and ‘Parma Ham’ logo have in common? They are a different type of trade mark that tells you a product meets certain standards.
The differing recent fortunes of Campbell’s and McDonald’s trade marks highlight the need for businesses to document use of trade marks, as Chartered Trade Mark Attorney Graeme Murray explains.
How did Irish burger chain Supermac’s manage to get the Big Mac trade mark cancelled across the EU? The answer lies in the lack of evidence presented by McDonald’s as Daniel Bailey explains.
Supermarket shelves are full of own-brand products that mimic leading brands. Ever wondered just how they get away with it?
A trade mark can be any sign that identifies you as the owner of your goods or services to make it clear they belong to you.
Many things can be registered as a trade mark - names and logos are the most common.
A registered design right protects the look of an item, not the functional aspects of its appearance or how it works.
The design could be a two-dimensional image – such as a logo, pattern or icon. Or it can be a three-dimensional physical object.
Patents protect inventions from being used or sold without the owner’s permission.
A patent gives you a monopoly right to take legal action to stop any competition to your invention for a limited period, normally 20 years.
Copyright is an automatic intellectual property right that protects original works from being copied without the permission of the creator or licence holder.
Sound recordings, films, broadcasts and original artistic, musical, dramatic and literary works are all things that can be protected by copyright.
A trade secret is can be any confidential business information which provides an organisation with a competitive edge. They are often used when an invention is not eligible for a patent or if the inventor does not wish to disclose the ‘secret’ publicly, which a patent requires you to do.
A GI designates that a product is of a certain nature, quality and reputation linked to where they are made, or characteristics linked to that place.
To be a GI a sign or word must indicate a product as coming from a certain location and the reputation for quality that comes from that place.