The agricultural sector finds itself in a unique position – it is both affected by, and is a significant contributor to, climate change. Traditional farming practices are becoming difficult to maintain in the face of significant changes to the environment contributed to by those self-same practices.

Yet technological innovations in the agricultural sector are helping to break this cycle, finding unique ways to address the balance between global food security for an ever-increasing population and the need to reduce our environmental footprint.

In this overview, we throw a spotlight on some of the many promising technological advances in the agriculture industry and highlight the intellectual property rights that may be available both to incentivize and protect these technological advances.

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Helen has 20 years' experience as an intellectual property litigation and dispute resolution specialist, advising on all types of intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyright, moral rights and confidential information. Helen also has extensive experience advising clients on consumer law issues and disputes, in particular in the area of misleading and deceptive conduct disputes between competitors and with regulators and industry bodies arising from marketing and advertising campaigns.


Sumer has experience advising across a broad range of IP/TCC disputes and commercial contracts, involving patents, trade marks, copyright, confidential information, consumer law issues and regulatory issues, with a particular interest in new and emerging technologies.