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The SWA legal team cannot visit every market worldwide. The team relies on information from the SWA's member companies, its international network of lawyers and investigators and members of the public to alert them to problems so that prompt legal action can be taken.

If you come across a suspicious product or you have concerns about whiskies on sale in any country, please contact us. Your help with the vital task of protecting Scotch Whisky is greatly appreciated.

The SWA's legal team will need to know the identity and location of the seller of the brand you are concerned about. If possible, images of the products would be very helpful.

Contact: Legal Affairs team,

Tel: 0131 222 9218

Email: legal@swa.org.uk

news & commentary

05 August 2020

SWA releases new guidance on personal investment in Scotch Whisky casks

The SWA has published guidance for individuals looking to invest in Scotch Whisky casks.

12 December 2019

Scotch Whisky secures GI protection in Cambodia

Cambodia is the latest country in which Scotch Whisky's geographical indication is officially registered.

31 May 2019

SWA legal team wins 'Team of the Year' award

The SWA has been recognised for its work to protect Scotch Whisky at an awards ceremony in Boston.

07 February 2019

SWA Comments on Glen Buchenbach case

Our case against Glen Buchenbach presented clear and compelling evidence to the court that 'Glen' is strongly associated with Scotland and Scotch Whisky, and the only reason to use 'Glen' for a German whisky is because of its undoubted association with Scotch Whisky.

06 August 2018

Scotch Whisky granted certification trademark in South Africa

'Scotch Whisky' registered as a certification trademark in South Africa

05 March 2018

Protecting Scotch in the age of Brexit

The UK is preparing for a time of great change as we approach Brexit. Leaving the European Union will undoubtedly have a major impact on British industries and exporters, including Scotch Whisky.

28 February 2018

SWA secures GI protection for Scotch Whisky in New Zealand

Scotland's national drink has secured enhanced legal protection in New Zealand after the Scotch Whisky Association's application to register "Scotch Whisky" as a Geographical Indication (GI) was successful.

01 February 2018

10 year renewal of Scotch Whisky trademark in China announced during Prime Minister trade visit

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has renewed its collective trademarks 'SCOTCH WHISKY' and its translation '苏格兰威士忌' in China until November 2028. As a result, Scotch Whisky is officially protected from locally produced copies for a further 10 years.

publications

19 June 2020

Guidance: Personal investment in a Scotch Whisky Cask

The SWA has produced guidance for consumers of what to consider when investing in a cask of Scotch Whisky.

31 January 2019

Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009: Guidance for Producers and Bottlers

The following guidance is aimed at assisting those producing and selling Scotch Whisky, and those designing labels, packaging and advertising, to comply with the 2009 Scotch Whisky Regulations.