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BGI wins another landmark case, on behalf of confectionery giant Ferrero

BGI has recently achieved another landmark success, enabling international confectionery giant Ferrero to register a geographical indication as a trademark. Georgian Trademark Office has upheld BGI's arguments that the geographical indication can be registered as a trademark, if it is not known to an average consumer.

"We are glad that the local Trademark Office has brought its practice into compliance with EUIPO guidelines," said Lika Topuria, BGI attorney representing Ferrero.

"This is a landmark case in Georgian IP law, which has already been cited as a precedent by the Georgian Trademark Office at various meetings and workshops," said George Sarajishvili, trademark attorney and Head of BGI's litigation practice.

Zaza Bibilashvili is able to suggest winning strategies and is active across a range of contentious and non-contentious work, including real estate and intellectual property matters. Previous comments include: BGI Legal fields ‘a team of true professionals with good knowledge of law and a proper understanding of business needs`. It provides full-service support to leading multinational and Georgian clients, handling general legal matters alongside more complex financing, M&A, dispute resolution and capital markets mandates.

Legal 500 - 2016

"One of the leading firms in Georgia adept at both finance and corporate work". Client feedback: "Very good law firm for this jurisdiction. Strong knowledge." - Banking and finance, Restructuring and insolvency. Of Lasha Gogiberidze: "Good communication skills, responsive." Previous comments have included: "BGI Legal is one of the leading firms in Georgia adept at both finance and corporate work...Very good law firm for this jurisdiction...very knowledgeable, they get the job done on time and on budget". Lasha Gogiberidze is described as "prompt and quick to point out problems and pitfalls".

IFLR1000 - 2018

BGI Legal is ‘exceptional' in M&A, financing and real estate, and is especially prominent in the energy sector. Lasha Gogiberidze, whom clients regard as ‘the top lawyer in Georgia for banking, finance and capital markets transactions', and Sandro Bibilashvili handled a number of innovative regional energy projects and joint ventures, such as the Adjaristsqali hydropower project.

Legal 500 - 2017