#WIPO: oriGIn shapes the debate on GIs protection
The next WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT) will take place in Geneva from 27 to 30 March 2017.
On 28 March, an information session on GIs is scheduled with the objective to discuss the different protection systems available at national and regional level as well as the emerging issues related to the Internet and the domain name system. In recognition of its crucial role on GIs international protection issues, oriGIn and several of its members (actually all GIs groups invited are members of our network) have been invited to deliver presentations. The event will be livestreamed @ http://www.wipo.int/meetings/en/details.jsp?meeting_id=42547
On the previous day, on 27 March, oriGIn will also organize a side-event (see the draft program) to present the work carried out so far concerning the compilation of all GIs protected in the world to the national authorities in charge of GIs attending the WIPO SCT. The side event will be an opportunity to provide participants with a preview of the compilation, as well as to discuss possible ways to improve and update the compilation after its official publication, scheduled in October 2017.
#FTA #EU #Japan: Public consultation concerning the list of GIs submitted by Japan
The negotiations of a Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Japan (which includes a chapter on GIs) are expected to be concluded this year.
In this context, the EU Commission has recently launched a public consultation concerning the list of seven GIs (‘Kumamoto Kensan Igusa’, ‘Ichida Gaki’, ‘Tottori Sakyu Rakkyo’/‘Fukube Sakyu Rakkyo’, ‘Kaga Maruimo’, ‘Simonoseki Fuku’, ‘Tokachi Kawanishi Nagaimo’, ‘Noto Shika Korogaki’) submitted by the Japanese authorities in the framework of the negotiations. Interested parties (Member States, third countries or any natural or legal person having a legitimate interest, resident or established in a Member State or in a third country) can submit oppositions (mailto: AGRI-A4@ec.europa.eu ) within two months from the publication of the public consultation (time limit 25 March). Oppositions can be lodged, among others, if the proposed names: are wholly or partially homonymous with names already protected in the EU under Regulation 1151/2012 or contained in the agreements concluded by the EU; are considered generic in the EU; conflict with the name of a plant variety or an animal breed.
#EU #Promotion: New web portal to help agricultural organisations obtain EU funding for promotion
The Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) has launched a new web portal to help agricultural organisations obtain EU funding for promotion, in particular under Regulation 1144/2014 on information provision and promotion measures concerning agricultural products implemented in the internal market and in third countries.
The portal provides detailed information on funding opportunities, existing EU promotion campaigns and events as well as information and support for entering new export markets. It also facilitates the search of potential partners with the “Find a Project Partners” tool.