In the case C‑614/17,

Fundación Consejo Regulador de la Denominación de Origen Protegida Queso Manchego


Industrial Quesera Cuquerella SL,

Juan Ramón Cuquerella Montagud, the European Court of Justice

ruled as follows:

1.      Article 13(1)(b) of Council Regulation (EC) No 510/2006 of 20 March 2006 on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs must be interpreted as meaning that a registered name may be evoked through the use of figurative signs.

2.      Article 13(1)(b) of Regulation No 510/2006 must be interpreted as meaning that the use of figurative signs evoking the geographical area with which a designation of origin, as referred to in Article 2(1)(a) of that regulation, is associated may constitute evocation of that designation, including where such figurative signs are used by a producer established in that region, but whose products, similar or comparable to those protected by the designation of origin, are not covered by it.

3.      The concept of the average consumer who is reasonably well informed and reasonably observant and circumspect, to whose perception the national court has to refer in order to assess whether there is ‘evocation’ within the meaning of Article 13(1)(b) of Regulation No 510/2006, must be understood as covering European consumers, including consumers of the Member State in which the product giving rise to evocation of the protected name is made or with which that name is geographically associated and in which the product is mainly consumed.

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Studio Legale Corte ranked Leading firm in the EMEA 2019 The Legal 500 directory - Industry focus: Food

Studio Legale Corte has been recommended by  2019 EMEA The Legal 500 - the world's largest legal referral guide - in the section Industry Focus: food.

"Studio Legale Corte focuses exclusively on food law matters; the scope of its work includes compliance advice, assistance with the implementation of new food laws, challenging regulatory sanctions and corporate criminal defence. The team advised a major retailer on the composition, production, labelling and advertising of new pastry products. It also successfully acted for a wholesale supplier in criminal litigation where it was alleged that the company's legal representative had been contaminating a food product. Paola Corte is experienced in compliance matters. Elena Corte is the name to note for advice on food hygiene issues."

Aggiornamento: 24 apr 2019

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Forbes has included Studio Legale Corte in the list of the 100 Italian leaders of strategic, legal and tax consulting. Among these 100 "counseling champions", in which 67 Law firms were indicated, the only food law firm is Studio Legale Corte.

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Paola Corte's interview on food law that appears in the March 2019 issue of Forbes

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