Small N.S. distillery wins big trademark battle with Scotch Whisky Assoc.

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HALIFAX - A small Nova Scotia distillery has won a big battle against the Scotch Whisky Association.
Cape Breton's Glenora Distilleries can now register its trademark Glen Breton whisky under the Trade Marks Act.
An application by the association to proceed with a third appeal of the registration of the name Glen Breton was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday.
"We have always stood firm that Glenora has competed honourably for our hard won success in the very challenging marketplace of single malt whisky," said Glenora president Lauchie MacLean in a release.
"We take pride in having seen this fight through its final contest which is well and truly the tradition of my Scots forefathers and of the Cape Breton heritage in which I was raised."
The Federal Court of Appeal approved the registration of Glenora's primary product in a decision delivered last January.
For nine years the fiercely protective SWA had argued that use of the name Glen would lead consumers to believe the product was made or bottled in Scotland.
MacLean said he hopes the Scotch Whisky Association, and its members, will accept the ruling and that there will be open communication going forward.
"We hope they accept that justice has been done and that they will now agree that Glen Breton has earned its place among the renowned single malt whiskies of the world."

Organizations: Scotch Whisky Association, Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal

Geographic location: Glenora, Cape Breton, HALIFAX Nova Scotia Scotland

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