In 2009, a review of the European trade mark system was launched. In 2013, the Commission made proposals to reform the Directive 2008/95/EC approximating the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks and the Council Regulation 207/2009/EC on the Community trade mark (the overall reform is identified as “trade mark reform package”). In June, the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council ("trilogue discussions") reached a political agreement on the trade mark reform package. The final vote of the European Parliament in plenary session should take place in September 2015.
With respect to the impact of the trade mark reform package on GIs (in particular the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council amending Council Regulation 207/2009/EC on the Community Trade Mark), click here to see the oriGIn paper
On 7 June 2015, following the signature of the standard agreement for establishing a national/regional section of oriGIn, the Portuguese Association of agro-food GIs (QUALIFICA) became the Portuguese section of oriGIn. After France and China, this is the third example of an oriGIn national section being created. We encourage all members to think about the opportunity to create national and regional sections of oriGIn to further strengthen our global network.
See the press release (in Portuguese) @ QUALIFICA / oriGIn Portugal – na defesa e na promoção dos produtores e dos produtos com IG
The recent adoption of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications at the WIPO, has given a new push to Pakistan to enact a sui generis Geographical Indication Law (GI law) with the aim to add value to Pakistani origin products and facilitate their access to the international market improving exports.
Pakistan has an interesting GI potential: some candidates have been already identified, among them: Chaunsa mango, Hunza apricot, Peshawari chappal and Sindhi ajrak.