Scotch wins Chinese trademark battle

17th September, 2015 by Neal Baker

A Chinese court has handed an injunction to a company that was illegally labelling bottles of whisky as Scotch, which could set a legal precedent to protect the term.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recently launched a new Scotch centre in Beijing (Photo: Whisky)

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) took out a lawsuit against Anhui Guangyu Packaging Technology Company, which was found to be illegally imprinting the caps of bottles of whisky as “Scotch Whisky”.

Announcing the court victory, Lindesay Low, SWA senior legal counsel, said that it is “significant for a number of reasons and should be seen as a legal breakthrough. We are confident this will help deter other potential counterfeiters and fraudsters in China.”

The international aspect of the case, the first to be concluded….

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