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Friday, January 26, 2007

Nova Scotia Distillery Wins the Right to Use the Word Glen

Glenora Distilery, a single malt whisky maker located in the Canadian Maritimes, won a major round this week in the on-going trademark battle over its Glen Breton Rare brand name.

The Canadian Trademarks Opposition Board has rejected a claim by the Scotch Whisky Association that the use of the word Glen by Glenora is confusing to consumers and leads them to think that the whisky in the bottle is from Scotland.

Glenora is based in Glenville, Cape Breton. It says the name is a way of incorporating all of these places in the brand.

The Scotch Whisky Association argues that the word "Glen" is Scottish and is used by many Scotch makers for their brand names. The group says it plans to appeal the ruling.

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