Judgment of the Court (Second Chamber) of 20 December 2017

Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne v Aldi Süd Dienstleistungs-GmbH & Co.OHG

Request for a preliminary ruling from the Bundesgerichtshof

Reference for a preliminary ruling — Common organisation of the markets in agricultural products — Protection of protected designations of origin (PDOs) — Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 — Article 118m(2)(a)(ii), (b) and (c) — Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 — Article 103(2)(a)(ii), (b) and (c) — Scope — Exploitation of the reputation of a PDO — Misuse, imitation or evocation of a PDO — False or misleading indication — PDO ‘Champagne’ used in the name of a foodstuff — The name ‘Champagner Sorbet’ — Foodstuff containing champagne as an ingredient — Ingredient conferring on the foodstuff an essential characteristic)

Case C-393/16


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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
09/02/2018 Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2017:991
20/12/2017 Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2017:991
20/12/2017 Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2017:581
20/07/2017 Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne
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Reports of Cases

published in the electronic Reports of Cases (Court Reports - general)

Subject-matter

Information not available

Systematic classification scheme

1.
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.03 Agriculture and fisheries
    4.03.03 Common organisation of the markets
      4.03.03.06 Wine
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.05 Protected names
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.03 Agriculture and fisheries
    4.03.03 Common organisation of the markets
      4.03.03.06 Wine
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.05 Protected names
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.03 Agriculture and fisheries
    4.03.03 Common organisation of the markets
      4.03.03.06 Wine
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.05 Protected names
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.03 Agriculture and fisheries
    4.03.03 Common organisation of the markets
      4.03.03.06 Wine
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.05 Protected names
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.03 Agriculture and fisheries
    4.03.03 Common organisation of the markets
      4.03.03.06 Wine
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.05 Protected names


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

Operative part

Opinion


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 14/07/2016

Date of the Opinion

  • 20/07/2017

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

20/12/2017


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Judgment: OJ C 72 from 26.02.2018, p.17

Application: OJ C 402 from 31.10.2016, p.16

Name of the parties

Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Adobati, Enrica: Il gelato può essere venduto con la denominazione <<Champagner Sorbet>> se il gusto è allo Champagne, Diritto comunitario e degli scambi internazionali 2017 p.622-625 (IT)
  2. Schoene, Volker: Kennzeichnung von Lebensmitteln mit Zutaten von g. U. und g. g. A., Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht 2018 p.331-333 (DE)
  3. Visse-Causse, Séverine: " Champagner Sorbet ", une décision de mauvais goût, La Semaine Juridique - édition générale 2018 nº 6 p.250-254 (FR)
  4. Rieke, Jörg W.: Zum Schutzumfang von geschützten Ursprungsbezeichnungen (g.U.) und geografischen Angaben (g.g.A.), die als Zutaten zur Herstellung eines Lebensmittels verwendet werden - es kommt darauf an ..., Zeitschrift für das gesamte Lebensmittelrecht 2018 p.245-253 (DE)
  5. Desaunettes, Luc ; Batista, Pedro Henrique D.: Champagne, Sorbets and Geographical Indications - Critical Appraisal of the CJEU Decision Champagner Sorbet (C-393/16), Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht INT 2018 p.550-555 (EN)
  6. Kever, Julie: La référence à un ingrédient protégé par une indication géographique - Un ingrédient protégé présent dans et mentionné sur un produit composé : Etat des lieux d'une recette audacieuse, Revue de droit commercial belge 2018 p.445-457 (FR)
  7. Costantino, Laura: Denominazione d'origine quale ingrediente di un prodotto alimentare: regole di informazione e regole del territotio, Rivista di diritto agrario 2018 1 p.14-20 (IT)
  8. Salzano, Lucio: Aspetti controversi legati all'utilizzo di alimenti a DOP e IGP come componenti di altri alimenti, Rivista di diritto agrario 2018 3 p.45-67 (IT)
  9. Boyer-Paillard, Dorothée: DE L'UTILISATION D'UNE AOP DANS UNE DÉNOMINATION DE VENTE (Champagner-Sorbet, CJUE Aff. C-393/16), JUS VINI 2018 N°1 p.53-61 (FR)
  10. Rigaux, Anne: Circulation des marchandises - Appellation d'origine protégée (AOP), Europe 2018, Février nº 2, Comm. 59 (FR)
  11. Riemer, Boris: Auslobung von Zutaten mit geschützten Bezeichnungen nach EuGH „Champagner Sorbet“, Lebensmittel & Recht 2019 p.1-4 (DE)
  12. Bohaczewski, Michał: Ochrona nazw pochodzenia i oznaczeń geografi cznych przed użyciem dla produktów nieporównywalnych – glosa do wyroku Trybunału Sprawiedliwości z 20.12.2017 r., C-393/16, Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne, Glosa : Przegląd Prawa Gospodarczego 2019 Vol. 4 p. 87-105 (PL)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Bundesgerichtshof - Germany

Subject-matter

  • Agriculture and Fisheries
  • - Wine
  • Consumer protection
  • Intellectual, industrial and commercial property

Provisions of national law referred to

Information not available

Provisions of international law referred to

Information not available

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

deuxième chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Jarašiūnas

Advocate General

Campos Sánchez-Bordona

Language(s) of the Case

  • German

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • Spanish