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Historical binational cooperation procedure against fake tequila

By Aguayo, Ecclefield & Martínez (AEM Law Firm) - 27/12/2017
Historical binational cooperation procedure against fake tequila

In March 2017, the National Customs Service of Chile received an alert from the Mexican Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT), the institution which verifies and certifies compliance with the tequila Appellation of Origin.

The information provided by the Mexican institute allowed the Chilean government to intercept and seize a shipment of 15,120 bottles of tequila with false Appellation of Origin, which sought to enter the country through the port of Valparaíso.

Nine months later, the governments of both countries proceeded to destroy the counterfeited products. Authorities of the National Institute of Industrial Property (Inapi) of Chile and of the CRT highlighted the ties between both institutions and the importance of maintaining a constant dialogue to continue deactivating operations of this type. In the ceremony they also deepen their already existing Intellectual Property agreements, allowing an increase of information exchange on both Chilean and Mexican Appellations of origin.

In July 2013, tequila became the first Mexican product to obtain registration as an Appellation of Origin in Chile, after the Inapi authorized the use of this trademark to the CRT, which promotes the quality, culture and prestige of the Mexican national drink. 

By Aguayo, Ecclefield & Martínez (AEM Law Firm) - 27/12/2017
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