A shipment consisting of more than 24,700 litres of distilled spirit from agave and alcohol intended to be sold as “Tequila”, while not complying with the corresponding product specifications, was seized in Hamburg, and then destroyed on 10 December at the premises of the company AVZ Hetlingen. The product at stake was to be commercialized in the all EU market, Germany in particular, where the consumption of Tequila has tremendously increased over the last few years (in 2014, a total of 172 million litres of tequila were exported at global, 4.5 million only to the German market).
This action was the result of the cooperation between the Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT) and the German and Mexican public authorities, acting under the EU Regulation No 608/2013 of 12 June 2013 concerning customs enforcement of intellectual property rights.
In this case, the CRT was assisted by the German law firm “Taylor Wessing”, which is one of the law firms specialized in the field of GIs of the oriGIn program, which counts already 16 members: http://www.origin-gi.com/activities/gi-law-firms.html Thanks to this, the CRT has benefited from the “Taylor Wessing” competences at a 8% discount on the firm’s fees, as provided by the oriGIn program.
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