Bodegas Franco-Españolas may be allowed to use the Royal name after the European Court of Justice overturned an earlier ruling that blocked the Spanish winery from registering the trademark.

The ECJ annulled a decision by the EU's Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM), which had refused to allow Bodegas Franco-Españolas to use the name for its Rioja wines.

The OHIM had ruled that the Royal name could be confused with a series of products owned by Portugal's Companhia Geral da Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Douro. The Portuguese company's brands include Royal Brande brandy and Royal Feitoria Port.

However, the ECJ ruled that there is a "clear difference between the products concerned".