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Legal Systems to Protect GIs

The sui generis system, «ad hoc Laws of protection» The sui generis system concerns laws specifically aimed at protecting geographical indications. How are the rights established? Generally speaking protection is based on compulsory

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GI Protection in Africa

African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI)  i. General description The Bangui Agreement, establishing the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), applies directly in each Member State. It  represents the “IP Law” of its Member States[1].

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GI Protection in Asia

China i. General description In the People’s Republic of China GIs can be protected through  trademarks or through   sui generis system. The Trademark regime covers trademarks with geographical names for goods and

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GI Protection in Europe

The European Union i. General description In the European Union GIs are protected through a sui generis system. ii. Legal framework Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council

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GI Protection in North America

Canada i.General description In Canada Geographical Indications are protected through certification marks. The Trademarks Act contains specific rules concerning the protection of Geographical Indications for wines and spirits.   ii. Legal Framework Trademarks

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GI Protection in Oceania

Australia   i. General description Geographical indications are protected in Australia through trademarks. A sui generis regime is available only for wines and spirits. GIs can also be protected via common law tort of

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GI Protection in South America

Andean Community i.General description In the Andean Community (CAN) GIs are protected through a sui generis system. The rules are harmonized for all the Members States[1].   ii. Legal framework DECISION 486, of

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Legal Info

GI Protection in National Jurisdictions International Negotiations on GIs GI Protection in Oceania Australia   i. General description Geographical indications are protected in Australia through trademarks. A sui generis regime is available only for

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All you need to know about GIs

GIs have become a global phenomenon. As a result, national laws are rapidly evolving. Are you familiar with your national regulation concerning GIs? Do you know the applicable rules in foreign countries where

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Our Members

Members (In alphabetical order) Associate members (In alphabetical order) Members groups (Consorzi, Consejos Reguladores, Federations, Interprofessions, ODG, etc.) representing a GI or associations representing several GIs at the national or regional level, from

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Bilateral/Plurilateral Agreements

Together with a sound multilateral legal framework for GIs (which must set-up in an transparent way a solid level of protection as a guarantee for businesses and consumers around the world), oriGIn encourages

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Internet Domain Names Environment

oriGIn believes that the ICANN process of attribution of new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) – as well as the system of traditional gTLDs (.com, .int, .org, etc.) and of country code ccTLDs (“.ch”, “.ca”,

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World Trade Organization (WTO)

While at the WTO, negotiations on GIs have not taken place since 2014, oriGIn remains a strong supporter of GIs in the context of an open and rules-based multilateral trading system.   17/06/2020

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Brexit” has occurred on 31 January 2020 and the United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU). Following the Revised Withdrawal Agreement ratified by both parties, a transition period has begun and will run until

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Relation with Trademarks

GIs and trademarks are 2 categories of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) which deserve protection according to well established international rules. oriGIn campaigns, and supports its members, to ensure that the national, regional and

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oriGIn supports all effective mechanisms (court, out of court, opposition in the context of trademarks’ application, …) to enforce GIs rights. In this context, mechanisms of administrative protection, which make it easier and

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Historically, long before the civil society started to question companies and brands concerning their impact on the environment and the social welfare of their employees and communities, GIs products have been sensitive to

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At the National Level

oriGIn provides its members with information concerning the laws and procedures to register GIs in foreign jurisdictions. Furthermore, oriGIn helps its members reduce monitoring costs in foreign markets and reach out to policy

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