Food & beverage


The food & beverage industry sector is made up of a very wide range of operations, from multi-national corporations operating in the global market to independent sole traders offering local produce at a weekly market. What unites all of them is the need to establish and maintain a profitable market share in their sphere of operation.

Food & beverage

At Mewburn Ellis we have been working with food & beverage clients for many years, delivering unparalleled IP protection to help them develop from their early stages, build their market share and grow into mature brands.

Protecting food & beverage brands

Our team of trade mark experts working in the food & beverage sector are passionate about this industry sector. They regularly attend trade fairs and industry events to keep abreast of industry developments to ensure that their advice is up to date and commercially relevant.

Several of our Bristol based trade mark attorneys are members of West Country food group Taste of the West.  This is the largest independent regional food group in the UK.  Its members include food and drink producers and distributors, as well as restaurants, cafes, pubs, hotels, farm shops and speciality retailers.

Our trade mark attorneys can help advise on the adoption of new trade marks to ensure that any risks of infringing a third parties IP rights are minimised.

They help our food & beverage clients to secure trade mark protection by filing and prosecuting UK applicationsEuropean Union Trade Mark applications, covering the EU, and Madrid Protocol applications, for international protection.

They are well known for successfully handling complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes through both opposition and other contentious proceedings, often in tandem with negotiating settlement agreements with the help of our dispute resolution team. They can also advise on domain name registration and have a proven track record in assisting clients against third parties in domain name disputes.

The team particularly enjoy working for UK-based start-ups but have experience working with a wide range of clients including many large, multi-national corporations. They have significant expertise in managing large multi-national trade mark portfolios.

Patents in the food & beverage sector

The team also includes patent attorneys drawn from our life sciences, chemistry & materials and engineering patent teams.

These patent attorneys can help you obtain patents in the UK and Europe for your technical innovations in this sector. They can also call on their well-established network of foreign associates to obtain patent protection around the world.

Their technical expertise encompasses:

  • manufacturing processes & apparatus
  • flavourings & additives
  • brewing/fermenting processes
  • nutraceuticals
  • beverage cooling, distribution & dispensing apparatus

The team also has considerable expertise in opposition & appeals before the European Patent Office, both defending patents granted to our clients and opposing patents granted to our clients’ competitors.

Design protection

Many food & beverage products are instantly recognisable to the consumer as a result of their innovative packaging, or even the shape of the food product itself. It is important to protect the aesthetic appearance of the packaging or product to ensure that third parties don’t copy and diminish the distinctive impression made by your product.

Our design experts are well placed to obtain registered design rights around the globe as well as advising on unregistered design rights in the UK and Europe.

Business advice for the food & beverage sector

We have a reputation for our client-focussed approach which allows us to be flexible – tailoring our advice to meet specific requirements, budgets and commercial goals. Whatever your size, you can be confident we will understand your business and provide practical, commercially-focused business advice.

Our trade mark and patent attorneys are well supported by our in-house legal services team who have considerable experience in assisting with exploitation of IP rights and transactional IP matters, including recordals.

Our renewals service provides a reliable and cost effective options for the payment of renewal fees for all other IP rights across the food & beverage sector.

Finally, if there is a need for IP training at any level within your business or you are part of a legal team that would benefit from our in-house assistance service, you will find Mewburn Ellis easy to work with and understanding of your commercial goals.