With decades of experience working with leading global food companies, we bring more than technical legal skills to bear upon the challenges they face. K&L Gates provides clients in this sector with a full range of practical, business-oriented services. Having gone from the drawing board to the Fortune 500 with many such clients, we know the path that will allow companies to realize their full potential within this vital sector of the world economy.
This extensive experience allows us to work with clients to comprehensively integrate issues of regulatory strategy, both proactive and reactive, with broader business planning and strategic goals. This combination of deep regulatory insight, practical business understanding, and global reach makes K&L Gates the right choice for the industry's premier companies.
Our ClientsK&L Gates provides a broad array of legal services to organizations and individuals representing all segments of the food industry. Our clients are engaged in the production, marketing, import, export, and distribution of food, agricultural, and dietary supplement products.
K&L Gates lawyers represent a diverse array of food industry clients and provide counsel in a variety of corporate, regulatory and litigation areas, including the following:
We advise clients on the requirements of federal and state agencies, including regulation of food ingredients, labeling, advertising, food safety and security, animal health, and products of new technologies such as nanotechnology and advance processing techniques. Our areas of experience also include food packaging; food contact notifications and secondary direct food additives; organic/natural products and labeling; nutritional, structure/function, and health claims; transgenic crops; and the safety evaluation of food ingredients.
We regularly represent clients before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); the Federal Trade Commission (FTC); and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).
Our team frequently assists clients with advocacy, participation in rulemaking, and other public proceedings. We prepare and represent clients in front of congressional inquiries and implement legislative solutions for clients.
Our EU regulatory food practice offers strategic legal advice to a broad array of clients in the food industry. We have experience in a wide variety of areas including EU regulatory law and policy (free movement of goods, customs classifications, quotas), food labeling and advertising issues (health and nutrition claims, geographical indications and designations of origin), product registration (novel foods, food supplements, food for special medical purposes, cosmetics, etc.), and product liability (withdrawals, recalls), among others, with particular focus on innovative foods and drinks. For clients that are seeking to expand their products into the EU, we help to navigate them through all aspects of the EU regulatory process. With more than 1,500 nutritional supplements and functional foods registered in the EU countries during the last eight years, we provide global clients with legal advice, creative solutions, and specific strategies for products being imported or marketed into the EU.
We regularly advise clients on their product labeling, including structure/function, health and nutritional claims being made on product labels, labeling, and other promotional literature.
Advertising and intellectual property are top of mind with food providers and inventors. K&L Gates lawyers serve as legal counsel in every aspect of advertising and intellectual property within the food industry – from advertising review and compliance, advocacy before the FTC and the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, and Lanham Act representation including false advertising litigation, to procurement, management, and litigation regarding patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, and licensing. K&L Gates can advise you throughout the creative process of a food product’s lifespan, from research through post-production and media.