Welcome to the sixth instalment of Scran & sIPs – the summer edition of the quarterly publication by Marks & Clerk that focuses on Intellectual Property and the Scottish Food and Drink Sector.
We hope that you have been enjoying the warm weather. The summer is now in full swing and the team in Scotland are out and about again for in-person events and client visits. Most recently, we attended the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) IP Roadshow at Murrayfield. Noëlle Pearson gave an interesting talk on the Metaverse, NFTs and associated counterfeits – hot topics at the moment, which will create some exciting possibilities for the way in which we experience food and drink in the years to come.
Our calendar is filling up with exciting food and drink events over the next few months. Members of the Scotland Trade Mark Team will be attending the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards on 8 September, the Scotland Food & Drink Conference on 3 October and the Scottish Gin Awards on 10 November. You are also likely to see some of us at the Scottish Beer Awards and the Scottish Whisky Awards in October and November, as well as various other events along the way. We are very much looking forward to reconnecting with the food and drink community in Scotland after two long years of lockdown. Please feel free to reach out if you would like have a chat over a drink at one of these events. We would love to hear from you.
We are delighted to announce that Tomas Karger has become a dual qualified Chartered (UK) and European Patent Attorney after passing his final exams. Sam Mailer is also celebrating some exam success and has become European qualified.
In this edition of Scran & sIPs, Erik Rõuk takes a look at the trade mark regime in India for our Country in Focus piece; Donald McNab and Kate Appleby discuss how Carbogenics is improving the anaerobic digestion process to produce renewable biogas from biowaste; Mairi Rudkin and Jiwon Park talk about patenting biotech inventions in the food and drinks sector; Tomas Karger looks at how AI and data science can be used to lower emissions in the agri-supply chain; and Noelle provides a brief note on “Scotch Whisky” obtaining protection as a certification trademark in the US.
On the subject of whisky, Alex Bruce from Adelphi Distillery talks to us about sustainability and blockchain in our first Client Q&A. Our second Client Q&A is with National Collection of Industrial Food and Marine Bacteria (NCIMB). Finally, we speak to Mairi Rudkin and Ahmed Aziz in our Meet the Team section.
We hope you enjoy the rest of the summer!
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Jason Chester & Julie Canet
Chartered Trade Mark Attorney (UK)
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