oriGIn Alerts 13 December 2018: #Brazil #INPI #Registration #EU #Spirits #Simplification #Protection #Transit #France #NonAgri

#Brazil #INPI #Registration: oriGIn provides comments to the national IP Office to facilitate the registration of GIs in Brazil

In November, the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of Brazil launched a public consultation on the Draft Rules concerning the registration of GIs in the country

oriGIn took this opportunity to raise an issue faced by some of its members in Brazil, concerning the restrictive interpretation given by the national authorities to the GIs definition, which seems not to be in line with the relevant international rules and practice. Both GIs definitions (“Indicacao de Procedencia” and “Denominacao de Origem”), in fact, as provided in articles 177 and 178 of the Brazilian law, require that only applications incorporating the exact name of a country, city, region or locality, can be accepted for registration. As this is interpreted in a restrictive way, some of our members – recognised in more than 80 jurisdictions around the world – have not yet managed to secure protection in Brazil.

You can consult here oriGIn answer to the public consultation


#EU #Spirits #Simplification #Protection #Transit: Compromise on the spirit drinks Regulation contains positive elements for GIs

On 27 November, the so-called “Trilogue” (European Commission, Council and Parliament) reached a political agreement on the draft Regulation on spirit drinks (Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the definition, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks, the use of the names of spirit drinks in the presentation and labelling of other foodstuffs and the protection of geographical indications for spirit drinks). 

To recall the background, in December 2016, the Commission had adopted a proposal of alignment to the Lisbon Treaty of the current Regulation (EC) No 110/2008 (the Spirit Drinks Regulation) and submitted it to the European Parliament and the Council. The negotiation process between the Council and the Parliament had started in December 2016. Following this, oriGIn had submitted its comments and proposed amendments to the Council and the Parliament . Some interesting elements of the new spirit drinks Regulation are:

  1. the simplification of procedures: Commission scrutiny will focus only on elements of EU significance. This will reduce the time period for treating applications;
  2. the enhanced protection of GIs: when used as ingredients as well as vis-à-vis goods in transit in the EU territory;
  3. the improvement of the labelling rules that apply in case spirit drinks are combined with other products, including other spirit drinks;
  4. the creation of a register of the Member States’ control authorities.

Point i. and ii. (simplification and enhanced protection, that were requested by oriGIn) are encouraging precedents for agricultural as well wine GIs, which are going into a process of reform in the context of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

The new regulation will now be submitted to WTO members for comments during a 60-day period. It will then be submitted to the European Parliament for a vote at first reading, and will subsequently go back to the Council for adoption. It will enter into force 7 days after its publication on the Official Journal of the European Union (poss. Spring 2019) and its applicability would be delayed two years, except for certain provisions which would apply two weeks from its entry into force (mostly provisions on GIs).


#France #NonAgri: three GIs recently recognized under Law 2014-344 (2014)

Between the end of November and the beginning of December, three non-agricultural GIs were granted in France under Law 2014-344 (17 March 2014): “Grenat de Perpignan” (jeweler), “Tapisserie d’Aubusson” (tapestry) and “tapis d’Aubusson” (carpets). 

More information are available (in French): “grenat de Perpignan” “tapisserie d’Aubusson” et “tapis d’Aubusson” 


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