APPELLATION OF ORIGINappellation of origin. Trademarks. Representation of a product’s geographic origin by use of a mark ¡ª such as a symbol, word, phrase, or graphic element such as a map ¡ª whose use is regulated to ensure that the product so marked reflects some well-known feature peculiar to the region. ? This term usu. applies to a product whose quality or some characteristic feature has been gained by natural means, such as by the nature of the local climate or soil, or by the nature of the way it is made, such as by local customs of production. For example, the appellation burgundy can be used only for wines made from certain types of varietal grapes from particular regions of France. [Cases: Trade Regulation 32.
1. C.J.S. Trade-Marks, Trade-Names, and Unfair Competition ¡ì 55.]