After several appeals back and forth, the Cyprus government have lost the trademark for halloumi cheese after it had earlier been revoked by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office.
Last month, the UK’s High Court of Justice (Chancery Division) dismissed an appeal filed by the Cypriot government which was trying to overturn the previous ruling, allowing for the trademark for halloumi cheese to be registered in the UK.
Cyprus has owned the halloumi trademark since February 2002 which described the product as “Cheese made from sheep and goat’s milk or a mix of cow’s milk.”
In 2017 a UK-run company filed 3 different applications to invalidate and revoke the trademark and Cyprus ended up losing the case due to failing to dispatch the necessary paperwork within the set deadline of appeal.
Following the developments of the case, it looks as though Cyprus has one last chance at becoming the trademarks rightful owner by filing for a brand-new trademark for halloumi with UKIPO.
Members of Parliament certainly had a lot to say for the islands tardiness to file the appeal, with the Chair of the House of Agriculture Committee asks who is to blame for the slip up.
The Chair furthered: “Cyprus risks not being able to register halloumi as a product of Protected Designation of Origin in Cyprus which is incredibly sad, but also, losing the trademark even stops giving Cyprus the credit where it is due for production.”