oriGIn Alerts, 18 March 2015: #originUS


#originUS: oriGIn adds a U.S.-based representative to its team

On 9 March, Ivan Butina – an expert on strategic communication and communities of practice – was appointed as oriGIn U.S.-based representative. This move represents the first step towards establishing an oriGIn permanent presence in the U.S.

At a crucial time for the future of the GIs in the U.S., Ivan will:

- Represent oriGIn in Washington DC before the U.S. authorities dealing with GIs and related issues, in particular the Department of Agriculture, the Trade Representative and the Patent and Trademark Office;

- Run a campaign on GIs and sustainable development aimed at policymakers, the media, and the public at large;

- Put interested oriGIn members in touch with American specialized media for interviews;

- Help oriGIn organize initiatives (press conferences, seminars, GI tastings, etc.) in Washington DC during the two rounds of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) scheduled in the U.S. in 2015 (likely in April and September).

oriGIn encourages all its members (both American and non-American) to benefit from the opportunity of having an oriGIn U.S.-based representative. This is a unique opportunity to convey our messages to the relevant national authorities in a coherent way. So please do not hesitate to get in touch with Ivan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), together with our main office in Geneva, to coordinate our efforts.



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