Intellectual Property Advice For Packaging Industry

The UK packaging manufacturing industry employs some 85,000 people – representing 3% of the UK’s manufacturing workforce – and has annual sales of £11 billion. 

Packaging forms a crucial point of sale hook for consumers, and it forms a vital part of the supply chain in retail manufacture, especially in the food & drink and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors.

The UK is a world leader in packaging innovation and especially in low-carbon and sustainable packaging innovation, and due to on-going global initiatives, packaging recycling is becoming an increasing hot-bed of innovation.

Members of our Chemistry and Engineering teams have extensive experience in all aspects of packaging IP matters, from patent protection of innovative packaging technologies and advising on protection of new and exciting packaging designs and formats, to freedom-to-operate advice on packaging products and processes. We act for a major multinational FMCG company with extensive packaging R&D programmes.

Packaging extends across a wide range of technical fields, from film materials and chemical modification of packaging surfaces, to packaging formation processes and recycling technologies, and our experience encompasses an extensive part of the sector. We have advised on flow-wrap technologies, cartonboard packaging, shelf-ready packaging (SRP), plastic containers for the food industry and moisture impermeable films and laminates. We also have extensive experience in the protection and enforcement of packaging designs.

In addition to protection and freedom-to-operate advice, members of our team have also been involved in successful litigation of packaging patents both offensively and defensively.

To find out how we can help your business make the most from your intellectual property click here and contact us today.

Our sector specialists include partner, Ben Appleton and senior associate, Simon Church.







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