Lawyers for Champagne trade body CIVC have won their latest trademark battle, securing hurts from a French companionship selling cigarette rolling papers.
The companionship, Royal Distribution Tabac Distri Nord, was selling rolling papers below the name Crystal Champs and accompanied by an image of a bottle of Champagne, and a traditional flute-shaped glass, the panel in Lille heard this week.The CIVC is meticulous in its desire to protect Champagne's image from being misused by any consumer products, not just wine. In this case, it gained support from France's national appellations body, INAO.Fanny Hennequin, of the legal benefit of INAO, told Decanter.com that it was not unusual for these trademark disputes to take place within France as well as overseas. ‘Breaches of protected designations of origin are far from limited just to foreign companies. We have perhaps 12 ongoing suitcases around all French appellations’.The Crystal Champs case dates back to 2011. After the matter was not resolved
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