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When imitation isn’t the sincerest form of flattery…

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Or so the old adage goes.  But try telling that to a manufacturer whose product has just been ripped off.  It’s the ultimate irony – just as your product is gaining traction and recognition in the market place, a new front opens up...

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How to make sure your next export creates reward not risk

Exporting to new markets offers clear opportunities to grow your business. There’s the potential to raise the visibility and value of your brand and, crucially, to increase market share, customer base and profit. All at a time when the economy at home is dealing with the uncertainty of Brexit. Indeed,...

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Stop seeing double: how the alcohol industry is using IP to beat the counterfeiters

According to The Food Crime Annual Strategic Assessment[1], published recently by the Food Standard Agency’s National Food Crime Unit, piracy could account for more than one billion pounds of annual UK food and drink trade. Different businesses benefit from usage of different anti-counterfeiting measures. These can present opportunities in terms...

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Seven tips you won’t find in a fortune cookie – how to make sure your food and drink IP is fully protected in China

The lure and potential of China to food and drink manufacturers is obvious. China has a burgeoning middle class with an ever-increasing disposable income and Western brands are highly regarded in comparison with local products, from both a health and safety perspective and thanks to their cachet as status symbols....

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The Relationship Between Food Labelling & Patents

Consumer and government attention continues to focus on sugar content bringing new challenges to those in the food and drink industry. In America the FDA has recently announced a new food labelling regime requiring food manufacturers to identify all “added sugars” in their products.[a] It used to be the case...

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