10-11/10/2024-Registrations and the call for presentations for oriGIn 2024 Expert Meeting on the latest developments and challenges related to GI protection and enforcement are now open

Introduction

The oriGIn global community is an ideal environment for sharing experiences and initiating partnerships. Following the successful experience of the “Thematic informal GI sessions”, held in Geneva during our 2023 Biennial Meeting, we have decided to make them an annual oriGIn initiative, called “oriGIn Expert Meeting”.

The 2024 Expert Meeting will take place in our office – 2 chemin du Pavillon, 1218, Le Grand Saconnex – Geneva, on 10-11 October. Sessions will start at 2 pm of 10 October and end on 11 October at 1 pm. This will allow participants to arrive in the morning of the 10th and leave in the afternoon of the 11th.   

This year Expert Meeting will represent unique learning and networking opportunity for GI stakeholders interested in the latest developments and challenges related to protection and enforcement. Among the several “matchmaking” of needs and expertise within oriGIn, the one on legal issues remains a high priority for our members (our 2024 GI trends Panel focused on legal costs and damages for groups deriving from GI infringements). As of 2025, the Expert Meeting will enlarge its focus to cover as well other issues of interest for GIs, such as groups, controls, promotion and sustainability.

How to participate

For oriGIn members attending in person, you need to register here and pay the following fees:

  • Full members (GI Groups): 150 CHF
  • Associate members: 350 CHF

The fees include registration, a welcome coffee and networking dinner on October 10 and welcome breakfast on 11 October.   

For oriGIn members who cannot attend in person, there is the possibility to follow the Expert Meeting online. For more information, please contact ida@origin-gi.com

For the modalities of participation of groups, institutions, individuals, which are not member of oriGIn, please contact Ms. Ida Puzone at events@origin-gi.com

Sponsor

The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) is already a sponsor of the oriGIn 2024 Expert Meeting. We thank IPI and look forward to welcoming additional sponsors!

For institutions interested to become a sponsor, please contact Mr. Massimo Vittori, oriGIn Managing Director at massimo@origin-gi.com – Among the benefits, institutions will have their logo on promotional material, up to 5 registered participants attending the event and 3 speakers. 

Topics of discussion

i. “Evocation” beyond the EU (latest case law in the EU and beyond);

ii. Protection of GIs when used as ingredients (latest legislative and case law developments, including with respect to trademark applications containing a GI used as an ingredient in a derived product);

iii. Global challenges in trademark applications in conflict with GIs for non-comparable products (including services);

iv. Best practices in establishing consumers’ surveys in the framework of GI protection & enforcement cases;

v. Latest challenges in protecting GIs online (Internet market places and domain names);

vi. Collective GI organizations and competition law (cases concerning management of production volumes, sustainability, controls, promotion, …);

vii. Challenges related to GI registrations (including craft GIs) and changes in product’s specifications;

viii. The Lisbon System: Case law and issues related to the implementation of the Geneva Act.

If you are interested to make one of more presentations, please write to massimo@origin-gi.com by July 31, indicating the topic as well as a few lines on how you intend to develop it. Presentations at the Expert Meeting should not exceed the 10 minutes. Discussion during the meeting will be in English.  

Practical information

  1. Visa & entry to Switzerland

Depending on your nationality, it may be necessary to obtain a visa in order to travel to Switzerland.

For more information, please visit the official website.

  1. Accommodation

Participants are responsible for their hotel reservations.

We reccomend the Hilton Geneva Hotel & Conference Centre , which is a few minutes away from the oriGIn Office, where the Expert Meeting will take place. For addition hotel options, please see List of recommended hotels or the Geneva Tourism website. 

  1. Transportation

Geneva offers a comprehensive and efficient public transportation system, including trams, buses, and trains, making it easy to navigate and explore.

For travelers arriving at Geneva International Airport, a direct train connects the airport to the city center in just a few minutes.

To reach the Octagon building (event venue) there are convenient bus options: Bus F, with the Suzette stop located just in front of the venue, and bus 5, with the Grand Saconnex Place stop situated a short 5-minute walk away. The Octagon building is close to the airport. 

Contact person

For any additional information and assistance please contact Ms. Ida Puzone, Operations and Member Relations Manager of oriGIn at events@origin-gi.com  

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