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Brut force: how Putin's champagne label law could spark a trademark dispute with France

By Enrico Bonadio, Reader in Intellectual Property Law, City, University of London
Magali Contardi, PhD candidate, Intellectual Property Law, Universidad de Alicante
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Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an amendment to a federal law reserving the use of the Russian term for champagne -– Шампанское (shampanskoye) – to sparkling wines produced in Russia.

Putin’s move has caused a stir with French producers, as it will require them to use the generic term “sparkling wine” on the back of their bottles sold in Russia.

“Sovietskoïé shampanskoye” is the Russian…

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