Scotch Whisky Receives Certification Trademark in South Korea
Scotch whisky has gained greater legal protection in South Korea after being granted a certification trademark.
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) said the move would help prevent the sale of fake products and ensure legal protection in South Korea after Brexit.
The trademark will enhance protection currently available under the EU-South Korean free-trade agreement.
SWA has registered intellectual property rights in more than 100 markets around the world that ensure that whisky is recognised and protected across its export markets.
Lindesay Low, legal deputy director of the Scotch Whisky Association, said: “By securing a certification trademark in South Korea, the SWA has ensured continued legal protection for Scotch Whisky post-Brexit.”
British Ambassador to South Korea Simon Smith said: “Scotland’s national drink has long enjoyed widespread popularity in South Korea. This enhanced legal protection will give consumers continued assurance that the Scotch Whisky they buy is the genuine article.”
To be officially recognised as a Scottish product, whisky must be aged in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years and bottled at a strength of no less than 40% alcohol by volume.