Topic: Geographical indication

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‘Gorgonzola’ decision provides guidance on how to assess genericity of AOs in Chile

An objection based on genericity against an application for registration of an appellation of origin must be examined under the territoriality principle.

09 August 2023

Preserving the “eternal touch” of Romanée-Conti in Indonesia

The DGIP has rejected two applications for the mark CONTI for wine on the ground that they were confusingly similar to ‘Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’, even though the latter is not registered as a GI in the country.

07 August 2023

PDOs v PGIs: European Commission not bound by national authorities’ assessment

This rare case involving a conflict between existing PDOs and PGI applications considers the sharing of powers between the national authorities and the European Commission.

03 August 2023

Application for CASA SUIZA rejected for being misleading and causing confusion with GI

As Switzerland is famous for its chocolate and the mark was intended to cover cocoa products, consumers could be misled into believing that the goods were of Swiss origin.

02 August 2023

Protecting the spirit of Scotland: reflecting on a busy year for the Scotch Whisky Association

The Scotch Whisky Association’s Lindesay Low speaks to WTR about the challenges of avoiding genericism in multiple markets around the world.

01 August 2023

FTC at ready as INFORM Consumers Act takes effect; EUIPO gets GI role green light from MEPs – legislation and policy watch (July 2023)

WTR’s monthly column tracks trademark and related policy developments, including the progress of major bills, from around the world.

17 July 2023

Supporting Ukraine; GIs in the spotlight; ChatGPT takes centre stage – highlights from ECTA 2023

WTR shares insights from ECTA's 41st Annual Conference in Prague, with hundreds of brand professionals and one Olympic medallist in attendance.

03 July 2023

The growing need for an internationally harmonised approach to GIs

Trademark experts analyse differences among key jurisdictions’ treatment of this pivotal right and speak out for greater cooperation.

21 June 2023

Danish practice to align with EUIPO on following GI conflict over Scotch Whisky

A dispute involving the GI Scotch Whisky has led to a more harmonised approach between the DKPTO and EUIPO. It also highlights that consumer surveys are a powerful tool when evidence of public perception is required.

15 June 2023

Is ‘Parmesan’ a translation of ‘Parmigiano Reggiano’? High Court considers qualification of rights process for the first time

The decision provides clarity to parties seeking to enforce their GIs or qualify the scope of protection of GIs.

22 May 2023

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