Food & beverages

The UK Food Standards Agency sets deadline for the CBD industry and provides safety advice to consumers

Eveline Van Keymeulen

On 13 February 2020, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued safety advice to users and set a deadline for businesses regarding cannabidiol (CBD) products under its supervision (i.e. mainly CBD oil, drops, foods and supplements). Noting the lack of information on the safety and contents of CBD products currently marketed in the UK, FSA Read More

CJEU confirms that trade mark owners need not amend broad specifications

David Stone

Today, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in Sky v SkyKick (C-371/18) has declined to follow the Advocate General and held that trade mark specifications that cover broad terms such as “computer software” cannot be invalidated on the basis that they are imprecise or contrary to public policy. In addition, a trade mark Read More

German courts confirm sales bans on CBD containing food

Eda Zhuleku

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) 2015/2283 defines as “novel” any food which has not been used for “human consumption” to a significant degree within the EU before May 1997. As Read More

CJEU: cannabis trade mark is contrary to public policy

Beverley Potts

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 public policy for the following reasons: The sign contains a stylised depiction of the cannabis plant, which is the media symbol for Read More

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

Inge Vanderreken

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 protect whistleblowers who report breaches of EU law. “EU law breaches” include, amongst others, those relating to EU laws on product safety and compliance, Read More