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Food and Cosmetics

Our team regularly advises clients developing biotech products in areas including biotechnology derived proteins (such as insulin), immunologicals (such as vaccines and allergens), blood or plasma derived products, and engineered tissues.

Our Life Sciences team has experience of advising many cosmetic and food companies, including Cargill, LVMH Perfumes and Cosmetics, Primark, United Biscuits, McDonalds, Heineken, Kraft Foods Inc, Nestlé, British Sugar and Heinz, among others. We have advised on issues including health claims, composition and labelling requirements, and various marketing issues. Our lawyers know the issues the industry faces and understand how to deal with them. The team has the added benefit of being fully integrated into Allen & Overy’s broader Life Sciences team and benefits from insights and expertise from our dedicated Life Sciences regulatory group.

News & insights

Blog Post: 16 DECEMBER 2019

German courts confirm sales bans on CBD containing food

According to the latest version of the EU Novel Food Catalogue, EU regulators consider that CBD-containing foods and dietary supplements are classified as novel foods. The Novel Foods Regulation (EU)…

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Blog Post: 12 DECEMBER 2019

CJEU: cannabis trade mark is contrary to public policy

An application for the above trade mark covering food and beverage items has been rejected by the EU General Court. The court confirmed the EUIPO’s previous decision that the mark is contrary to…

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Blog Post: 30 OCTOBER 2019

New EU Directive on Whistleblower Protection will also apply to Life Sciences sector

On 7 October 2019, the Council of Ministers adopted the Directive on Whistleblower protection at the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg. The Directive will introduce new EU-wide rules to…

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Blog Post: 28 OCTOBER 2019

UK Supreme Court awards Professor Shanks £2m compensation for invention of 'outstanding benefit' after 13 year court battle

In Shanks v Unilever Plc and others, the UK Supreme Court has, for the first time, handed down a decision on employee compensation for patented inventions. The Supreme Court overturned the previous…

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Our global Life Sciences and Healthcare sector comprises a multi-disciplinary team. We act for companies and their investors across the industry, including in the pharmaceuticals, biotech, animal health, consumer health, med tech, and diagnostics sectors.