23/01/2023-Member’s Voice: GI protection in the EU covers the shape or appearance of the product if that reproduction is liable to mislead the consumer, by Ms. Silvia Francazi, Lawyer

On 18 November 2022, the Paris Court of Appeal settled the dispute between the Syndicat Interprofessionnel de defense du Fromage Morbier and the société Fromagère du Livradois SAS, producer, since 1979, of the cheese called (since 2007, previously “Morbier”) “Montboissié du Haut Livradois”, definitively ascertaining the illegality of the adoption, by the latter, of an aesthetics analogous to that of Morbier, for the presentation of the cheese of its own production.

This decision further consolidates the case law on GIs in the EU, in particular with respect to the scope of protection. Silvia Francazi, lawyer and associate member of oriGIn is the author of an informative article on this case, providing a detailed analysis of the recent judgment of the Paris Court of Appeal.

The full article is available here in English and in Italian .

The text of the judgment of the Paris Court of Appeal is available here in French and in its English translation.

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