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Intellectual Property

The necessity of using a Trademark

After the registration of a trademark, there are still a few obligations left for the owner to protect its trademark. One of these is the obligation of use the trademark.

Find the article on Novagraaf's website.

Alcohol sales

Anticipated volumes of wine in 2020 is below average

The OIV gave a live-streamed press conference on October 27, presenting the anticipated wine production for 2020. The numbers are quite concerning as it appears that wine production will decrease a second year in a row. It shall be remembered that 2018 was a particularly abundant year for wine growers.

Find the article on Forbes.

Geographical Indications

Strengthening geographical indications – online conference

On 25 and 26 November, the Agriculture and Rural Development Commission will hold an online conference on measures to "strengthen GI's". There will be a large consultation of stakeholders. This event will be followed by an other conference named "Trade Marks and Geographical Indications: future perspectives".

Find the details on the ec.europa.eu.

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.

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