China: Chivas Brothers wins whisky trademark recognition

10 June, 2009

Chivas Brothers has claimed a trademark victory for Scotch whisky brand Chivas Regal in China. The name Chivas (both in English and Chinese characters) and Chivas Regal (in English) have now been recognised by the Chinese Trade Marks Office (CTMO) as trademarks in China. 

Christian Porta, chairman and chief executive officer of Chivas Brothers, said: “This formal recognition of Chivas as a well-known trade mark will strengthen protection of the Chivas brand in China.

“It prevents third parties from taking advantage of the reputation and good-will which has been generated by the Chivas brand.

“This is an important result for Chivas Brothers as China is the largest market for Chivas Regal Scotch whisky and a significant investment is made to promote the brand throughout China every year.”

The decision means that third parties may not use or register Chivas (in English or Chinese) or Chivas Regal (in English) or any similar words for any goods - not only spirits – where such use may cause confusion in China.  

Chivas Regal is a global priority for Pernod Ricard and, as one of its 15 strategic brands, enjoys a wide distribution around the world, including in China, where, according to Chivas Brothers, Chivas Regal is the number 1 premium Scotch whisky. 

 Porta concluded: “This is a great success for the Chivas Brothers and Pernod Ricard China teams that have worked tirelessly to achieve this result. We are also extremely grateful to both the UK Embassy in Beijing and the Scotch Whisky Association which actively supported our efforts to achieve this well-known trade mark recognition.”