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Does your alcohol business need patents?

On Behalf of | May 15, 2024 | alcohol beverage law

Successfully securing intellectual property rights can serve as a catalyst when it comes to more broadly safeguarding innovations and maintaining a market edge in the alcoholic beverage industry. In this blog, we have frequently discussed the need for business owners to examine their needs for trademark, trade secret – and even copyright – protections related to their work. Are patents necessary too?

Patent protection is not always necessary or applicable for all alcohol businesses. Yet, understanding when to seek patent protection can be a truly consequential source of knowledge on behalf of any alcohol business aiming to protect its creative investments and operational methodologies.

When you might want to look into patent protection

Patents are designed to protect new inventions and significant improvements in technology. In the context of an alcohol business, patent protection can be secured to safeguard unique processes, apparatuses or compositions of matter. For example, if a company develops a novel brewing or distillation process that significantly improves efficiency or product quality, this innovation could potentially be patented. Similarly, a unique chemical process used to age spirits faster than traditional methods without compromising quality might also be eligible for patent protection.

Innovative packaging solutions that solve practical problems—such as those that prevent spoilage or maintain the integrity of the beverage during transport—can be patented. A new type of bottle that extends the shelf life of a beer or a specially designed cap that keeps wine fresher longer after opening could both be considered for patents if they meet the criteria of being novel, non-obvious and useful.

Generally, recipes and flavor profiles are not eligible for patent protection because they are often considered either too obvious or not sufficiently novel. However, if a business develops a new method or technique for creating a flavor or a composition that results in a flavor profile distinctively different from existing options, and this process can be clearly documented and reproduced, patent protection might be possible.

While patent protection is not always necessary in alcohol-related operations, knowing when it can help to safeguard important innovations is, indeed, necessary. 

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