IICJ Paper Intellectual Property Challenges in the Food & Beverage Sector Dr Afzana Anwer, Group IP Lawyer, Intellectual Property, UK

While distribution of food through the correct food channels may address the world’s ever increasing food needs to meet the growing population, food manufacturers will still need to deliver not only more food in a cost effective manner, but also where there is a demand for healthier options, provide tasty nutritional food, in new formats such as “pharma foods” or “medical foods”, with prolonged shelf life. Food science has significantly changed in the last decade with requirements for reduced sugar, salt, and preservatives and increased fibre and grain. Consumer food habit change from carbohydrate to protein rich diet means there is a challenge to make available more protein, and in particular vegetable protein. In order to meet this challenge, high volume protein production at lower costs are needed. For example, new feed converters, for converting bugs such as crickets, for animal feeds, may be a starting point in lowering production costs.
Dr Afzana Anwer
Dr Afzana Anwer
Afzana Anwer is an experienced corporate lawyer with a strong background in Intellectual Property, both contentious and non-contentious. She manages IP portfolios for companies from the entrepreneurial start-ups, SMEs, to the multinationals and universities. She has managed IP due diligence for acquisition portfolios up to $800,000 million in the last year. Afzana has successfully challenged internal and external processes to step up value propositions beyond the offering of legal services to identify game changers and drive value back to companies through innovation capture, placed measures to safeguard, defend and exploit company IP assets, and drafted and negotiated a wide variety of bespoke commercial contracts including confidentiality, collaboration, development, supply and license agreements. As an international IP litigator, admitted to practice law in the US (Massachusetts) and UK, he has participated in litigation of international IP matters, including offensive and defensive positions. Additionally Afzana has conducted engineering research at University of Cambridge and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Intellectual Property
United Kingdom More
Area of Law
Intellectual Property More
Business Sector
Food Manufacture More
Month Published
May 2016 More
Vol. 9, No. 35, Spring 2016 More
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