CJEU Preliminary ruling on geographical indications: pickling away at amendments of specification.

A preliminary ruling by the European Court of Justice (CJEU) is finally drawing to a close a dispute, spanning almost ten years, over the amendment of the specification of the protected geographical indication "Spreewälder Gurken" for gherkins. The Court dealt with the interpretation of the legitimate interest in terms of the relevant regulation, and the ruling is a clear strengthening of the integrity of the system of geographical indications.

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