NEW ZEALAND: SWA wins legal appeal over 'whisky-like' drink
The SWA has been successful it its appeal
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has won the latest round of a long-running trademark dispute involving a whisky-like drink that claims to "evoke the flavour of the Highlands".
A High Court judge ruled this week that New Zealand off-licence chain The Mill Liquor Save should not have the trademark for its MacGowans brand – a 13.9% abv whisky-flavoured spirit – registered.
The SWA had an appeal turned down earlier this year by the assistant commissioner of trademarks in the country, three years after The Mill registered the brand. But, last month, the group had a fresh legal appeal heard in Wellington's High Court.
In the ruling, the judge, Justice Kos, reportedly questioned whether MacGowans should be even be recognised as a spirit. "Quite what sort of beverage this is was never entirely clear ... it has a dark-tan colour reminiscent of whisky," Justice Kos was quoted as saying. "At the very least, a product incapable of being labelled 'spirits' cannot be treated as spirits."
A spokesperson for the SWA told just-drinks: “We opposed an application to register this trademark. Registration has been refused by the court, but we cannot say anything further while the period for appeals is still open.”
The headlines today (3 May) may suggest that minimum unit pricing is on its way in Scotland. But, for those in our industry who oppose the proposal, there's no need to panic yet. There's still a way t...
In the second part of this analysis of the European Union's review of its strategy to combat alcohol harm across the region, EurActiv details the issues that have to be considered....
The third and final part of EurActiv's analysis of the European Union's alcohol harm reduction strategy focuses on the different positions being taken on different issues in different regions....
The European trade organisation for spirits has said that it will appeal the legal ruling handed down this morning in favour of minimum unit pricing in Scotland....
- Six key trends for alcoholic drinks in 2016
- Aus wine industry pays price for past failures
- Ten things to know about spirits in the US
- What's in store for Super Bowl 5 - Focus
- Will value-sharing in Travel Retail become reality
- SABMiller hits back in UK corporation tax row
- Diageo's Orphan Barrel The Gifted Horse - NPD
- William Grant & Sons restructures US team
- American rye whiskey sales leap 600% in five years
- Moet Hennessy sees China rebound in strong FY
- What Next for Beer and Brewers Following the MegaBrew Deal?
- Global travel retail insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Global Beer Trends 2015 : Global Beer Trends and Long-term Forecasts
- Global Whiskey Market 2016-2020
- Global sparkling wine insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends research