On 25 April, the EUIPO and the OECD released a report on GIs infringements for Wine, Spirits, Agricultural Products and Foodstuffs in the EU. The main objective of the report is to assess the size and value of the EU GIs products market and the proportion of products in that market that infringe such GIs.
According to the report, the highest share of infringements (42%) is due to imitation or evocation of GIs, while a further 38% is due to misleading information about the origin of products. The remaining 21% of infringements consists of GI products themselves, which the study clarifies is not only the responsibility of producers, as some functional specifications also impose requirements on retailers (who may be responsible for packaging, labelling, slicing and other aspects of the treatment and presentation of GI products).
The report is available @ Report on Infringement of PGI for Wine, Spirits, Agricultural Products and Foodstuffs in the EU
These figures confirm the importance to pursue the work on GI awareness and fight against infringements carried out by oriGIn.
The Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Amendment Bill, was introduced into Parliament in November 2015 to update the Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 2006. The Bill was debated for the first time in Parliament on 17 March 2016.
The main details regarding how the GI registration scheme will work in practice will be set out in the Regulations to accompany the Act, which will have to be adopted before the registration scheme can operate. Nevertheless, it is worth for GI groups and associations to participate in the public consultation period for the Bill, currently open for submissions until 29 April 2016, to offer a general support for the introduction in New Zealand of a sui generis system for the protection of GIs wines and spirits: http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission
Once the public consultation period has closed, the Bill will be discussed further at the Select Committee and will then move back to Parliament for its Second Reading.