Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Australia Battling New Zealand Over Manuka Honey Rights

NZ Herald

Australian honey makers say they will fight the granting by UK authorities of a trademark for Manuka honey to Kiwi producers.

The Australian Manuka Honey Association (AMHA) said it had engaged legal representation in the United Kingdom "who has been briefed to act swiftly in refuting the attempt to trade mark 'Manuka' – honey that has been produced in Australia naturally since records have been kept in the 1800's".

"Given our inability to take part in the UK trade mark registry conversations ... and the significance of the misinformation provided, legal action is our only option and not one we wished to pursue" said Paul Callander, managing director of Manuka Life and the Australian Manuka Honey Association's inaugural chairman...

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