Food packaging advances: what qualifies for a patent?


By Rachel Pearse

We often take for granted (or do not give a second thought to) the technology and detail that goes into our standard food packaging to make life easier and more convenient for us. After reading the recent decision in Quinn Packaging Limited v (1) Linpac Packing Limited & (2) R. Faerch Plast A/S [2019] EWHC 2119 (IPEC) however, this IP lawyer will never again take for granted the technology and forethought that has gone into the ease with which she peels back her next ready meal whilst working late in the office.

We are a nation of food lovers, but how many of us fully appreciate the intellectual property and innovation involved in the process from field to fork?
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