Cheese makers suffer another legal defeat

Swiss cheese makers have been dealt another blow after an EU ruling that Emmentaler Cheese is not a designated trademark in the bloc.

The Swiss producers argued that Emmentaler cheese can only be made in the country.

But judges decided the cheese is familiar across German speaking countries – and not unique to Switzerland. 

The ruling will be a disappointment to producers as a US court recently ruled that Gruyère cheese does not have to come from the Gruyère region in Switzerland. 

Emmentaler makers are likely to appeal.

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