On June 2, the Government of the Czech Republic deposited its instrument of accession to the WIPO Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications, which now covers 37 jurisdictions. The Act will enter into force in the Czech Republic on 2 September 2022.
The Geneva Act is designed to help producers of Appellations of Origin (AO) and Geographical Indications (GIs) protect distinctive geographical names in multiple jurisdictions, through a single application filed with WIPO and the payment of one set of fees. Together with the EU, some individual Member States that are party to the Lisbon Agreement (so far France, Hungary and the Czech Republic) have also joined the Geneva Act to ensure the continuity of rights for their AO previously protected under the Lisbon Agreement.
To find out more about the Geneva Act, please visit the dedicated page on the oriGIn website.