On 7 February, the European Commission made available the texts proposed in the context of the trade negotiations with Indonesia. They represent the EU’s initial negotiating position.

Sub-section 4 (page 15 of Intellectual Property Chapter available @ http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2017/february/tradoc_155281.pdf) deals with GIs. The proposal provides an exchange of GIs lists to be protected in the counterpart’s jurisdiction as well as a solid level of GIs protection, including against evocation. An important provision of the EU proposal (Article X.33.2, page 16), provides that both the EU and Indonesian GIs protected under the agreement cannot become generic in the territories of the 2 parties.

 

 

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