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Thursday, 22 April 2010

Bad Kissinger gets no GI protection as Commission strikes out German mass application

Posted today on the website of the European Union's online Official Journal is a most rare and unusual document -- Commission Decision of 19 April 2010 rejecting a list of applications for entry in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications provided for in Council Regulation (EC) No 510/2006. The recitals to the Decision tell the story, and what a sorry tale it is. In short:

* In 1994 Germany notified to the Commission a large number of applications for registration concerning mineral waters pursuant to Article 17(2) of Council Regulation 2081/92 [the original Regulation on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin, subsequently repealed and re-enacted in codified form, together with various amendments, as Council Regulation 510/2006], 108 of which are still pending.
* 31 of those names were not included in the list of natural mineral waters recognized by Member States as marketable mineral waters under Directive 2009/54 on the exploitation and marketing of natural mineral waters. Since waters the names of which are not on the list can't be marketed, their names can't be protected as GIs.
* A further seven names were listed without any other information, so the Commission couldn't check them out to see if they were entitled to GI protection.
* Regarding another 70 mineral water names, the Commission asked the Germans back in 2004, and again in 2006 and 2007, either to provide additional information, in particular on "details of control bodies, willingness of producers to cover inspection costs and structures guaranteeing the marketing of the water under a single name" or to withdraw the applications. No reply was received.
The Council Decision contains three Annexes, listing the names in question. They include such tantalising titles as Bad Kissinger Theresienquelle, Kondrauer Mineralsprudel Heilwasser Prinz-Ludwig-Quelle and Kondrauer Mineral-Sprudel Gerwig-Quelle.

The IPKat, as ever conscious of the passage of time, is disappointed that it has taken 16 years to deal with a pretty inert application. He is pleased however to see that, however leniently the Commission seems to view many current applications for GI status, it still respects some standards. Merpel, noting that German water is the most expensive on the planet, muses over the splendid name Kondrauer Mineralsprudel Heilwasser Prinz-Ludwig-Quelle and wonders how, if it should ever become a popular brand, it would be guarded from the depredations of typosquatters.

German water v beer here
Bad water here
Bath water here
Bad Kissinger here
Bad kissing here
German water for the Court of Justice of the European Union here

7 comments:

patently said...

I always ask for Kondrauer Mineralsprudel Heilwasser Prinz-Ludwig-Quelle water.

Just to see the waiter's face.

Birgit Clark said...

What I cannot understand without some background research is why the "German authorities" did not provide any further information despite having been reminded by the Commission. How odd...

@Jeremy Germans love their mineral waters and don't mind spending money on it. The water comes in refund glass bottles and there is a huge variety of local waters. Yes, you can drink tap water and of course buy water filters but a nice German mineral water is a joy!

Mark Schweizer said...

patently wins my unofficial and until now unannounced competition for funniest comment on IPKat. Had I been drinking Kondrauer Mineralsprudel Heilwasser Prinz-Ludwig-Quelle at the time of reading the comment, the sip of Kondrauer Mineralsprudel Heilwasser Prinz-Ludwig-Quelle in my mouth would now be spilled over my keyboard, which would be a waste of Kondrauer Mineralsprudel Heilwasser Prinz-Ludwig-Quelle indeed!

Grand prize of the competition is a bottle of Kondrauer Mineralsprudel Heilwasser Prinz-Ludwig-Quelle - shipping not included, but you are welcome to pick it up in Zurich!

Anonymous said...

Patently - it might work, as long as the waiter's name is not:

Herr Gambolputty de von Ausfern- schplenden- schlitter- crasscrenbon- fried- digger- dingle- dangle- dongle- dungle- burstein- von- knacker- thrasher- apple- banger- horowitz- ticolensic- grander- knotty- spelltinkle- grandlich- grumblemeyer- spelterwasser- kurstlich- himbleeisen- bahnwagen- gutenabend- bitte- ein- nürnburger- bratwustle- gerspurten- mitz- weimache- luber- hundsfut- gumberaber- shönedanker- kalbsfleisch- mittler- aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm, and ask you - just quickly - if there's any particular thing that you remember about Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern- schplenden- schlitter- crasscrenbon- fried- digger- dingle- dangle- dongle- dungle- burstein- von- knacker- thrasher- apple- banger- horowitz- ticolensic- grander- knotty- spelltinkle- grandlich- grumblemeyer- spelterwasser- kurstlich- himbleeisen- bahnwagen- gutenabend- bitte- ein- nürnburger- bratwustle- gerspurten- mitz- weimache- luber- hundsfut- gumberaber- shönedanker- kalbsfleisch- mittler- aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm.

Arthur Sleep said...

Yes. He is the greatest name in German Baroque music. As such I can't see him waiting on tables though, sploshing out some fine Kondrauer Mineralsprudel Heilwasser Prinz-Ludwig-Quelle into my glass.

Tomasz Rychlicki said...

A little bit off topic.
I think that such names are not so hard to pronounce but what would you say for "Grzegorz Brzęczyszczykiewicz Company"? ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbXORfYms0Y

Gobhicks said...

I didn't realise that political opinions could be brands at all, much less GIs. "Bad Obama" has a nice ring to it though.

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