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Tuesday, 17 February 2004


The Guardian reports that Scottish and Newcastle plc, the brewers of NEWCASTLE BROWN ALE, are considering switching production from Newcastle to Gateshead, a nearby North-Eastern town. The article reports that the Gateshead-based Federation Brewery has been producing trial runs of “broon” (as the ale is known).

The IPKat is detects a storm brewing. NEWCASTLE BROWN ALE is a protected geographical indication that must, according to its specification, be brewed in The City of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear. Gateshead of course is not within Newcastle. Presumably this means that the brewer of broon won’t be able to use the GI that it lovingly cultivated. Moreover, Scottish and Newcastle plc is the proprietor of various NEWCASTLE BROWN ALE trade marks. If they can’t use that name though because it’s a GI, will the trade mark eventually become revocable on non-use grounds. Moreover, will the use of a trade mark containing the word “Newcastle” for a beverage that originates in Gateshead be deceptive.

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