August 30, 2013
The legal director for the Interprofessional Committee for Champagne Wine says that Apple can’t use the name “champagne” to describe the color of one of its new iPhone 5S models. If they do, Cupertino could face a lawsuit, according to The Washington Post. Earlier this month, AllThingsD confirmed that Apple was working on a “gold-colored” iPhone 5S. Once leaked images surfaced, it was clear that the new model looks more like a light shade of champagne. French wine makers have noticed this too, and aren’t happy about it. As noted in The Washington Post:
“We can’t say that a ‘champagne’ colour exists,” said Charles Goamaere, legal director for the Interprofessional Committee for Champagne Wine, in an interview with French media this week. Therefore, any company wanting to use the name ‘Champagne’ would be doing so [only] to attract all the benefits that surround [the label.]”Though one would think that a certain colored smartphone has nothing to do with a French wine, think again. In recent years, the Comité Champagne has sued Perrier, Yves Saint Laurent, and a Swedish yogurt maker for using the word “champagne” to describe various products. By definition, the only wines that can be called champagne are those sparkling varieties that come from the Champagne region of France. Apple is likely to announce the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on Tuesday, Sept. 10. For more information, see: Exclusive: High Resolution Photos Of The Rumored Gold iPhone 5S Back Housing, and More High Resolution Photos Of The Rumored iPhone 5S Hit The Web.