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10th anniversay of the registration of the Champagne geographical indication in India

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the registration of the Champagne geographical indication in India, and in honor of the visit of a delegation of the Comité Champagne, led by its Director General, Vincent Perrin, the French Ambassador held a Champagne party on the 4th of October 2018, gathering more than 100 participants, including officials and key representatives from the trade.

Champagne is developing smoothly in India, with almost 400,000 bottles shipped in 2017, in spite of a high level of taxes.

The Indian geographical indications system is a strong base of protection of the high intangible value behind European geographical names such as Champagne. Moreover, after 10 years, the implementation track record of the legal protection awarded to Champagne is good, with 3 significant court orders favorable to Champagne.

The most recent, which convicted a producer of soft drinks sold under the name Champagne, ended on 4th of October 2018 with the destruction of the counterfeit goods, in the presence of the delegation.of the Comité Champagne.

The Comité Champagne is thus fully satisfied with the renewal of this high level of guarantee and is confident that India will remain a strong advocate of the importance of a collective protection of territorial origins of traditional know-hows, in the food industry and beyond, at the international level.

The French IP Counsellor of the French Embassy is promoting a strong bilateral cooperation between the French IP Office (INPI) and its Indian counterpart (CGPDTM).

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