The judge at the Federal Court of Australia ruled in Pernod Ricards favour

The judge at the Federal Court of Australia ruled in Pernod Ricard's favour

Pernod Ricard has hailed an Australian court's decision to dismiss a claim of copyright infringement against its Jacob's Creek wine brand.

Australian winery Yalumba had claimed that Pernod's Jacobs Creek Reserve Barossa Signature range violated the trademark for its long-standing 'The Signature' Cabernet-Shiraz blend. Pernod launched the Barossa Signature last year, whereas Yalumba has produced The Signature since 1966.

Dismissing Yalumba's application last week, Federal Court of Australia judge Natalie Charlesworth said the two brands were "not confusingly similar" and that Pernod is not prohibited from using the Signature mark. The judge ruled that there is a difference between the adjectival use of the word 'signature', which is common in the wine industry, and the use of Yalumba's trademark as a noun. 

Mathieu Prot, Pernod's global intellectual property director, told just-drinks: "Pernod Ricard Wines is very happy that the judge dismissed Yalumba's action against them. Barossa Signature has been held by the judge to be not confusingly similar to Yalumba's The Signature trademark and Yalumba's action was dismissed in its entirety."

Last month, Pernod announced it had poached from Treasury Wine Estates a head winemaker for its white & sparkling Jacob's Creek wines.