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A slicing opinion – Court cuts trademark registration for Gruyere cheese


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Abstract: Some Swiss and French cheesemakers recently ran into a brick wall when they attempted to obtain a trademark for the term GRUYERE. There was widespread agreement among the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and two federal courts that the term is generic and therefore ineligible for trademark protection. This article covers the court’s review of the claim. A short sidebar highlights the trial court’s reliance on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s standard of identity when determining whether the term GRUYERE was generic. Interprofession du Gruyere; Syndicat Interprofessionnel du Gruyere. v. U.S. Dairy Export Council; Atalanta Corporation; Intercibus, Inc., No. 22-1041 (4th Cir. March 3, 2023).

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