BUDVAR PUSHED TO LODGE EU GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION APPLICATION BY ECJ JUDGE

BY KEITH NUTHALL

THE EUROPEAN Court of Justice (ECJ) appears to be encouraging Czech brewery Bud?jovický Budvar to lodge a European Union (EU)-wide application for geographical indication protection for their beer. In a preliminary ruling, ECJ advocate general Dámaso Ruiz-Jarabo Colomer said a previous bilateral agreement between Austria and the former Czechoslovakia which said beers called 'Bud' must be Czech may offer no protection, unless Budvar also applied for EU-wide protection: "A name...which has not been notified to the Commission ...


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