As with other recent high-profile IP cases in China, the courts there appear to be moving towards more protectionism and sending out the right message to potential counterfeiters. This position is further strenghtened by the news that in 2016 the Beijing Intellectual Property Court will publish its decisions on a public database, which would no doubt encourage further transparency and openness.
Interestingly, this judgment in favour of the Scotch Whisky Association is against a packaging manufacturer, the infringing sign having been used on bottle caps, with no complete bottles of the counterfeit whisky being used in evidence. Evidently the Chinese have developed a healthy appetite for whisky!
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has won a court battle against Anhui Guangyu Packaging Technology Company Ltd in the Anqing Intermediate People's Court in eastern China. The firm was manufacturing bottle caps imprinted with the words 'Scotch Whisky'. These caps were used on bottles of fake 'Scotch' appearing on sale more than 1,000 miles away in Myanmar.