black forest ham has to be cut according to a ruling by the European court of justice, under certain conditions, in the black forest, and Packed. This is the case if this was a “necessary and proportionate” to ensure about the quality or the origin of the ham, stated the judges in Luxembourg on Wednesday (case C-367/17).

the Background to the decision is a ham and quarrel in Germany, it’s been a good 13 years. Association for the protection of the black forest ham manufacturers claimed in 2005 when the German Patent – and trademark office, black forest ham in the black forest, cut and Packed. After a few instances, the German Federal patent court referred to the ECJ.

Now the patent judges, taking into account the judgment of Wednesday that should decide whether the ban on the ham outside of the black forest, cutting and packaging, in this case is lawful.