PDO Prosecco Gains Partial Win – Tidman in CITMA Review
In March’s CITMA Review, Oliver Tidman maps out the arguments surrounding a prominent Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) in an opposition by Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco, the organisation in charge of the PDO Prosecco (O/691/19).
Les Grands Chais de France requested protection in the UK for the international registration (IR) for a figurative mark containing the word ‘Nosecco’ covering non-alcoholic wines and non-alcoholic sparkling wines.
The Opponent partially succeeded based on grounds the IR was unlawful and deceptive.
PDO – key points
- A figurative mark containing elements of a PDO can be found to be contrary to law
- Join at least one trade member to opposition proceedings if claiming passing off as a trade association
- There should be a real, as opposed to purely theoretical, risk of public deception
Read the full analysis on the CITMA website.
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