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oriGIn EU

oriGIn EU is the European branch of the Geographical Indications (GIs) global alliance based in Brussels. Established in 2018, oriGIn EU brings together a large community of committed GI stakeholders, including national organisations and individual producers’ groups from five European…

oriGIn ‘GI Trends’ Panel Survey

Since 2022, oriGIn monitors once a year the major trends affecting, and the sentiment of, GIs worldwide through a survey sent to the associations representing 30 of the most relevant GIs in terms of turnover and export worldwide (not limited…

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 registration. Under European Regulation 510/2006[1], within the…

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]. Under the Bangui Agreement (Annex IV), GIs…

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 services[1]. The sui generis system is administrated…

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 of 21 November 2012 on quality schemes…

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 Act of 1985, as amended in 1996…

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 “passing off”, trade practices law and labelling…

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 the Commission of the Cartagena Agreement of…

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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 wines and spirits. GIs can also be…

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 you are (or wish to be) exporting?…

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

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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 December 31, 2020. Within this period, GIs from…

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