From product development to marketplace delivery, the associated intellectual property involved in a product’s lifecycle is the differentiating competitive element companies active in food, beverage and agribusiness (FBA) must guard and cultivate. To do so requires a law firm steeped in the legal nuances specific to the market, with the ability to identify potential issues before they arise, and to respond swiftly when necessary.
McDermott Will & Emery’s intellectual property practice includes exceptional experience representing leading food, beverage and agribusiness companies in patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition and false advertising matters. Our IP lawyers have played substantial roles in some of the largest corporate- and tax-driven projects in which IP assets are central to the transactions.
In fact, we are recognized by clients, peers and industry groups in Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property Today, IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, Legal 500, Managing IP and World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.
Clients benefit from a coordinated team approach that brings together the skills and legal acumen of our intellectual property and regulatory lawyers to address the numerous associated issues involving labeling, packaging, advertising, brand and logos. In so doing, we help clients ensure compliance with the regulations of the many agencies that can impact the FBA industry, while also helping protect and cultivate clients’ IP assets.
Our team combines a wide array of technical backgrounds, including biotechnology, chemistry, industrial packaging and engineering, and practical work experience to provide pragmatic solutions to FBA clients’ needs. We can quickly identify, protect and maximize the value of proprietary technology, and provide patentability, infringement, validity and freedom to operate opinions. In addition, we can evaluate the value of IP portfolios in association with corporate transactions covering M&A, outsourcing and licensing agreements. The result of our combined technical and legal experience is an IP practice with the skills necessary to cover the full range of IP needs facing companies active in the FBA industry.