Can Aldi sell a dessert called “Champagner Sorbet”?

1 November 2017

Since “Champagne” is a protected designation of origin (PDO) under EU law, it is not self-evident whether a product that is not Champagne but which contains Champagne can use the protected term in its trade name.

Anke Moerland

Anke Moerland is Assistant Professor of Intellectual Property Law in the European and International Law Department, Maastricht University. She holds a PhD on Intellectual property protection in EU bilateral trade agreements from Maastricht University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Technical University Dresden, Germany (2005), a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in Dutch Law from Maastricht University (2011) and a LLM degree (cum laude) from the Magister Juris Communis Programme from Maastricht University (2006).


Anke has published on IP law and policy. Since 2018, she holds a visiting professorship at Queen Mary University of London on Intellectual Property Law, Governance and Art. Since 2017, Anke coordinates the EIPIN Innovation Society, a 4-year Horizon 2020 grant under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Action ITN-EJD.