The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has successfully registered Scotch whisky as a certification trademark in Hong Kong, enhancing legal protection for the category. This means that the descriptor ‘Scotch whisky’ can only be used on whisky produced in Scotland in line with production and labelling requirements.
Rules state that Scotch must be made from the raw materials of water, cereals and yeast, and matured in the country for at least three years in oak casks.
Prior to the trademark in Hong Kong, the protection of Scotch depended on the law of passing off, which could involve expensive and complex court proceedings.
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