Primary food production is the biggest industry in the world, and ensuring the stability and integrity of national and international food supply chains is crucial.¬† However, the challenges faced by this sector are greater than ever, as the world population increases and the effects of climate change are felt.¬† Technology is increasingly used to address these challenges, often involving collaboration between multiple disciplines.
Patents, and other forms of intellectual property such as trade marks, plant variety rights and design rights, are routinely used to protect developments in the Agri-Tech sector, including in relation to crop sciences, agrochemicals, animal feed and medicine, and agricultural equipment.¬†
Members of our group have extensive professional experience in the Agri-Tech field, as well as advanced academic degrees.¬† For example, we have particular expertise in pesticide and herbicide chemistry, stress tolerance, plant developmental biology and transgenic plant technology.¬† ¬†We also have considerable experience in plant variety right matters, and our highly capable SPC team can assist with matters relating to supplementary protection certificates for plant protection products.
We also have significant expertise in engineering, electronics, telecommunications and software, including in respect of automated control systems, as applicable to agricultural vehicles and storage and processing facilities.¬† We also have experience in large-scale food processing techniques, such as in the dairy industry.¬†
Understanding both the technical and external challenges within the industry keeps us at the forefront of developments in the Agri-Tech sector.¬† To this end, in the UK we are active members of Agri-Tech East, are connected with the N8 AgriFood Group and are regular attendees of LAMMA (the country‚Äôs largest farm machinery and equipment show).
With our technical and professional expertise, we help our clients leverage their intellectual property assets and develop strategic approaches to provide commercial benefits to their business.