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Notoriety abuse for wine products

Reputation increases the level of trademark protection. But particular huge reputation sometimes proved to be detrimental when defending monopolies. It is not different for wine products. French Courts had the occasion to use this argument for turning down a risk of confusion between two worldwide “chateaux of Bordeaux” with other wines. On July 1st 2008,…

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Choix d’un nom de vignoble comme marque de vins en France

Deux arrêts récents de la Cour de Cassation viennent de confirmer les limites du dépôt attributif concernant les marques de vins constituées de toponymes ou autres termes désignant une exploitation vitivinicole. Le premier confirme la tendance exprimée par la Cour de Cassation dans un arrêt du 18 avril 2000 qui admettait la coexistence des marques…

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Appellation of origin

On April 25, 2007, the Paris Court of Appeal rejected the marks SHAMPANSKOE and SOVETSKOE SHAMPANSKOE as they were composed of a translation for the Appellation of origin CHAMPAGNE for goods similar to champagne wines.   On the contrary the marks GOLD COLLECTION CHAMPAGNE and NADEZHDA CHAMPAGNE were valid as they were distinctive signs and…

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Appellation of origin

On May 30, 2007, the French High Court ruled the cancellation of the French trademark DOMAINE DU CHATEAU DES BARRIGARDS which had been registered as a wine appellation of origin by the son of the former owner of the domain property.   For the Court, only the owner of the domain « Château des Barrigards…

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