Located at the intersection of chemistry and the life sciences, nutrition presents a unique challenge to those involved in procuring, defending or challenging patents. From traditional foodstuffs to evolving technologies such as nutraceuticals, functional foods, and microbiome editing, the field of nutrition requires specialist knowledge in the patenting of both chemicals and biologicals. A patent attorney must combine an in depth knowledge of case law and practice in both scientific disciplines to achieve the best results.
Many of our specialist team have worked in-house for companies well known for their nutritional expertise and the partners who head up our practice in this area have over 80 years of combined experience at the forefront of European patenting. They are formidable advocates with extensive experience of EPO opposition and appeal procedure, informing their use of cutting-edge strategies for drafting, prosecution and litigation. With this strategic insight, we build strong, cohesive patent portfolios for our clients, while clearing the way of their competitors’ IP.
We are known for providing reliable, thoughtful and relevant advice which is insightful and adaptable to our clients’ business needs. In a competitive sector, where claims are often characterised by tailored combinations of ingredients, novel physiological effects, and physicochemical parameters, creativity is essential to identify those out-of-the-ordinary solutions that others will have missed. Our ability to provide strategic and inventive solutions is the reason why we are routinely engaged by both rapidly emerging businesses and industry-leading multinationals. That is why we are the first choice in the field of nutrition.