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The consumer products sector is by its nature fast-moving and diverse, and CMS has extensive industry experience and understanding of the issues relevant to your business. We can quickly assemble cross-border teams to ensure that you are provided with high quality legal and tax advice.

The CMS Consumer Products Sector Group has advised clients on all aspects of consumer product law, including:

  • Health and Safety issues
  • Product liability, product recall
  • Competition, compliance
  • Litigation, collective redress
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Distribution, agency, franchise
  • Media and advertising
  • Regulatory matters

Tailor-Made Services

CMS’ Specialist Consumer Products Group brings together experts from throughout the firm, all focused on providing tailor-made services to the consumer products sector. We have acted on behalf of clients in a wide range of sectors, including:

  • Food and Drink
  • Cosmetics, Personal Care
  • Clothing, Accessories
  • Electronics
  • Retail Industry
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14/06/2019
The EUIPO de­liv­ers its ver­dict on the long­stand­ing dis­pute between...
EUTM Can­cel­la­tion Ac­tion: (1) Pro­mote Ice­land, (2) The Iceland­ic Min­istry for For­eign Af­fairs and (3) SA – Busi­ness Ice­land v. Ice­land Foods Lim­ited. Back­ground Three Iceland­ic au­thor­it­ies (“Iceland­ic Ap­plic­ants”) filed an ap­plic­a­tion for a de­clar­a­tion of in­valid­ity.
23/05/2019
Tack­ling single-use plastics: the ad­vent of many leg­al meas­ures which...
Yes­ter­day’s an­nounce­ment that sub­ject to cer­tain ex­cep­tions plastic straws, plastic stemmed cot­ton buds and plastic bever­age stir­rers in Eng­land will be pro­hib­ited from sup­ply as of April 2020 has gained much me­dia at­ten­tion in the UK.
02/11/2018
Tack­ling plastic – new meas­ures for the food and drink in­dustry
In the au­tumn 2018 Budget, the UK gov­ern­ment an­nounced that it will in­tro­duce a tax on plastic pack­aging pro­duced in, or im­por­ted in­to, the UK, which con­tains less than 30% re­cycled con­tent (sub­ject to con­sulta­tion).
27/09/2018
Na­tion­al gambling au­thor­it­ies is­sue a de­clar­a­tion in which they raise...
On 17 Septem­ber 2018, 17 gambling reg­u­lat­ors is­sued a de­clar­a­tion in which they raised their con­cerns re­lated to the blur­ring lines between gambling and gam­ing. The de­clar­a­tion iden­ti­fies four main areas of con­cern: skin bet­ting, loot boxes, so­cial casino gam­ing.
27/09/2018
Dutch Gam­ing Au­thor­ity fines on­line bet­ting op­er­at­or EUR 312,500
The Dutch Gam­ing Au­thor­ity (DGA) has im­posed a fine of EUR 312,500 on on­line bet­ting op­er­at­or Mr Green Ltd (Mr Green), which ex­ploits the web­site www. mr­green. com, for vi­ol­at­ing the Dutch Bet­ting and Gam­ing Act (WOK).
14/06/2018
CJEU rules that Louboutin's red sole trade mark is not a shape trade...
On 12 June 2018, the Court of Justice of the EU rendered its much-awaited judge­ment in the case about Louboutin’s red sole trade mark, rul­ing that this trade mark does not re­late to a spe­cif­ic shape of sole for high-heeled shoes since the de­scrip­tion ex­pli­citly.
07/06/2018
In­de­pend­ent re­view of in­teg­rity in ten­nis
In early 2016, the four or­gan­isa­tions prin­cip­ally re­spons­ible for gov­ern­ing pro­fes­sion­al ten­nis at the in­ter­na­tion­al level, the ATP, the WTA, the ITF and the Grand Slam Board (the "In­ter­na­tion­al Gov­ern­ing Bod­ies") ap­poin­ted an In­de­pend­ent Re­view Pan­el (the.
17/04/2018
NGOs can ask the Com­mis­sion to re­view its de­cision on ge­net­ic­ally...
The Gen­er­al Court de­cided in its de­cision of 14 March 2018 that non-gov­ern­ment­al or­gan­iz­a­tions (“NGOs”) can ask the Com­mis­sion to re­view its de­cision on au­thor­iz­ing the pla­cing on the mar­ket of ge­net­ic­ally mod­i­fied food and feed.
16/04/2018
Ger­man court rules no lux­ury goods in food re­tail out­lets
On 6 April 2018, the Düs­sel­dorf High­er Re­gion­al Court ruled that the food re­tail­er real, whose par­ent com­pany is Ger­many’s Metro AG, may not sell lux­ury cos­met­ics made by Japa-nese man­u­fac­turer Kanebo in its food re­tail stores, and that the man­u­fac­turer can.
01/03/2018
The Fu­ture of Food
In­nov­a­tion in food is not only con­stant but it is defin­it­ive and once you move to the next stage there is no go­ing back. At CMS’s an­nu­al tech­no­logy con­fer­ence, this year themed In­nov­ate to Sur­vive, De­liv­eroo's Glob­al Head of Edi­tions, Ro­han Pra­dhan de­livered.
02/02/2018
IBM Wat­son at work
There may be much hype around ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence but IBM has been demon­strat­ing the busi­ness po­ten­tial of ma­chine learn­ing through its Wat­son ana­lyt­ics plat­form since 2011. Wat­son came about after one of IBM’s re­search teams were at the pub watch­ing.
25/01/2018
European Com­mis­sion as­sesses ad­equacy of Gen­er­al Food Law in food...
In an eval­u­ation of the EU le­gis­lat­ive frame­work for the 2002 Gen­er­al Food Law Reg­u­la­tion (GFLR), the European Com­mis­sion has found that this frame­work ap­pears to ad­dress most cur­rent trends, such as growth, com­pet­it­ive­ness and in­creased glob­al­isa­tion, but.