22 February 2018Trademarks

AG issues opinion in Scotch Whisky clash

When the average European consumer is confronted with a comparable product bearing the designation ‘Glen’, is the image of ‘Scotch whisky’ triggered in their mind?

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7 June 2018   The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled on a case in which a German individual was accused of violating the Scotch Whisky Association’s geographical indication rights.
21 September 2018   To violate a geographical indication in the EU, the disputed mark must trigger the consumer’s association with the GI-protected product—it is not sufficient that the geographical area alone is brought to mind, an industry conference in Paris heard.
20 February 2019   The Scotch Whisky Association has obtained victory in a six-year legal battle to stop a German distillery from selling a whisky called ‘Glen Buchenbach’.