TURKISH CO LOSES BID TO TRADEMARK `IDAHO'

Published online: Mar 26, 2013 Potato Storage, Potato Harvesting, Seed Potatoes
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Idaho seems to have won an international trademark dispute over its most famous product.

 

Officials in Turkey blocked a move that would have allowed a Turkish company to stamp "IDAHO" on produce, including potatoes.

 

The Turkish company Beta Ziraat incited the wrath of the Idaho Potato Commission last month after it tried to claim exclusive rights to use of the name "IDAHO" in Turkey.

 

Beta Ziraat said it didn't intend to market potatoes under the name. But the state of Idaho worried the trademark would hurt real Idaho growers selling their products in Turkey-and ultimately pose a threat to Idaho's closely guarded label.

 

SOURCE: Northwest Public Radio

 

http://www.nwpr.org/post/turkish-company-loses-bid-trademark-idaho

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