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The EU Updates its Spirit Regulation : Regulation 2019/787

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tdl 23 minutes “This Article looks at the details of the changes with regards to the protection of spirit drinks as geographical indications, as well as some of the other significant changes introduced.”

Geographical Indications

China draft provisions on GIs

Following the recent agreement between China and the EU, China released provisions on geographical indications.

Find the draft on natlawreview.

Technical requirements

Protecting food and drink names after Brexit

The UK government recently updated the rules regarding the protection of products names after leaving the EU. The government assures that the rules will comply with WTO's reglementation.

See the article on the UK's government website.

Technical requirements

Let’s talk about Cognac

As for most wine and spirit, Cognac has some specifications from a legal point of view. The technical requirements (translated by "Cahier des charges" in French) is quite unique and deserves a closser look.

Read the article on decanter.com.

Appellation of Origin

What is an AVA?

Communly callad AVA, an American Viticultural Area is a juristical tool to protect american wine. While some might say that it is similar to the French system of Appellation of Origin, it is in fact, quite different.

Read more on decanter.com.

Geographical Indications

Signature of the agreement between China and the EU regarding the GI protection

A bilateral agreement was signed earlier this month regarding the protection of European Geographical Indications in China and the protection of chineese GIs in Europe.
This agreement allows to be enthousiastic about the protection of European products in China and about a good economical dynamic in the future.

Find the press release on the European Commission's website.

Geographical Indications

New data base for GIs

The EUIPO and the european Commission just released a new data base that gives access to all the european geographical indications.
This data base will be helpful for a new brand to be released and avoid conflict with a GI.

Find more in the european Commission's press release.

Intellectual Property

Protecting and enforcing brands in Europe

The European Trademark System is quite complex from an outsider's point of view. Novagraaf offers a short presentation of the system.

Find the article on Novagraaf.

Alcohol sales

Covid-19 impacts heavily Champagne sales

The Covid-19 pandemic has a direct impact on alcohol sales around the world. Even the most famous one can't go through the crisis unaffected.

See the video on foxbusiness.

Alcohol sales

How could Brexit change the wine trade?

There are still a lot of studies and expectations regarding the consequences of Brexit on the wine sector. This is particulary true for wine trade. IWSR offers to study 6 ways the wine trade could be affected by Brexit.

Read the article on the IWSR's website.

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