#Sustainability: oriGIn is working on PDO cheeses and environmental sustainability
Since 2015, oriGIn has been working on raising awareness among GIs groups about the strategic value to respond to sustainability challenges, at the economic, environmental and social level.
In this context, oriGIn is currently involved in the LIFE project “The Tough Get Going” (LIFE TTGG 16 ENV/IT/000225), together with Politecnico di Milano, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, ENERSEM, Consorzio per la Tutela del Formaggio Grana Padano, Centre national interprofessionnel de l’économie laitière (CNIEL) and Fondazione Qualivita. The project, co-financed by the EU, aims at improving the efficiency of hard/semi-hard Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) cheese production processes in Europe. The main outcome of the project will be the design of a software to assess and reduce the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF). This tool will be calibrated, validated and tested on the PDO Grana Padano and the PDO Comté (both member of oriGIn). The goal is to create a solid benchmark to assess and improve the performance of both PDO supply chains. It will help producers to reduce their environmental impact and promote an efficient use of resources. Such a tool has the potential to become the reference system for environmental performances in cheese PDO production in the EU.
More information @ http://www.lifettgg.eu/en/
#Moldova #Wines #Spirits: Moldovan GIs join oriGIn
The National Office of Vine and Wine (ONVV) of Republic of Moldova, together with the wine and spirit producers’ groups representing 4 Moldovan GIs (“Valul lui Traian”, “Codru”, “Ștefan Vodă” – wines – and “Divin” – spirit ) has recently joined oriGIn.
The wine industry in Moldova accounts for 3.2% of the GDP and 7.5% of Moldova’s total exports, employing over 250.000 people at the 140 wine companies. The ONVV is a public-private institution founded by the government of Moldova and the wine industry, with the aim to implement the state policy in the wine sector as well as to manage the GIs scheme. The ONVV also manages promotion activities, wine sector development programs and the GIs promotion system, in particular the national “Wine of Moldova” (www.wineofmoldova.com/en/ ).
At present, the Republic of Moldova counts with 5 GIs recognized for wines and 1 for spirits which are also protected in the EU (see oriGIn Wolrdwide GI Compilation).
#ccTLDs #WIPO: WIPO survey on the existing state of play of GIs in the Domain Names System (DNS)
On April 23-26, the WIPO Standing Committee on Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT), which oriGIn follows regularly as an observer, discussed an interesting survey on the existing state of play of GIs in the DNS.
The chapter on country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) – see page 17 and the Annex – is interesting for GIs. Out of 86 ccTLDs dispute resolution policies analyzed, 14 mentions explicitly GIs as valid titles to active curative mechanisms arising from the attribution of second level domains; and 23 policies provide a general formulation, which seems not to exclude GIs, such as “all/other IPRs…” or “TMs, service marks and other distinctive signs..”.
This confirms that GIs can be protected in the DNS. Such protection can be provided as well in the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) of gTLDs, such .com, .food, .coffee, etc. …, through a simple amendment of its policy, which would mention GIs or refer to intellectual property as a all.