For more than 100 years, Novagraaf has been passionately supporting French, European and international wine and spirits professionals, including representing wine estates, distilleries, merchants, cooperative wineries, unions, and companies across the wine and spirits sector.
Across the Novagraaf Group, we work with national and international wine and spirits producers, distributors and retailers to ensure the protection and defense of their intangible assets through patent, trademark, design, domain names and copyright law. From our dedicated office in Bordeaux, France, we also provide specialist local support to French wineries, unions and merchants.
Please get in touch if you have any questions about how IP rights could support your wine or spirits business.
The popularity of no and low alcohol 'sin-free' beverages is raising interesting questions for brand owners, says Vanessa Harrow.
While “natural wine” is growing in popularity with consumers, there is currently no official label, legal definition or regulation to describe what makes a wine “natural”, says Manon Brodin.
The Comité Champagne has successfully challenged the attempt by Czech company Breadway to trademark the term ‘Champagnola’ for use on baked goods, as Manon Brodin explains.
The average consumer may think that the bottles of their favourite wines come in standard shapes that are free to all producers to use. However, bottle shapes can be protected as trademarks, so long as they meet the necessary requirements.
In its approval of the judgement in Les Grands Chais de France SAS v Consorzio di Tutela della DOC Prosecco, the High Court of England and Wales reminds brand owners that just because a name may resonate well with consumers, it doesn’t mean they should choose it.