Seeing double: the rise of patents in alcohol


Seeing double: the rise of patents in alcohol

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The number of patents protecting alcohol manufacturing methods has increased dramatically in the past few years, but producers should maintain other forms of IP protection too. WIPR reports.

Fruit juices, honey and fermented grains have been used to make alcohol for thousands of years, and ownership disputes have surely taken place over this time.

The latest brawls between alcohol producers are now being played out on the global stage, helped by social media.

Brand awareness among the public is now much more immediate, and where one company wrongfully uses another’s brand or logo, the wronged party is more likely to discover the infraction and act more quickly, leading to more legal disputes, explains Sarah Turner, partner at Hogan Lovells.

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