#Bilaterals: GIs in the UE/Vietnam FTA
The 12th round of negotiations of the Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the European Union (EU) and Vietnam took place in Hanoi from 23 to 27 March 2015.
With respect to Geographical Indications (GIs), Vietnam submitted a list of 37 products’ names to be protected in the EU . On the other hand, the European Commission presented a list of 171 GIs to be protected in Vietnam . Should you believe that European GIs with an established market, a market potential and/or usurpation problems in Vietnam are not in this list, please let us know asap.
Both Vietnam and the European Commission hope to conclude the negotiations before September 2015.
For an overview of all the EU bilateral treaties touching upon GIs (both ratified and under negotiation) see the summary prepared by oriGIn
#WIPO: preparation of Diplomatic Conference for the Adoption of an New Act of The Lisbon Agreement
The Diplomatic Conference for the Adoption of a New Act of the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellation of Origin and Their International Registration will take place in Geneva, from the 11th to the 21st May of 2015.
The New Act represents a unique opportunity to promote legal certainty and predictability in the international trade of origin products. Significant improvements are included in the texts to be discussed at the Diplomatic Conference (the Basic Proposal for the New Act of the Lisbon Agreement and the Basic Proposal for the Regulations under the New Act).
We invite you to review the draft oriGIn position paper on the most significant issues of this negotiation and to provide us with your feedback before the 1st May, so we can make the necessary adjustments before the Diplomatic Conference.
#GIsNewZealand: New law for wines and spirits GIs
New Zealand seems to be ready to implement a GI law for wines and spirits.
On 31 March 2015, the competent Ministers announced that the Parliament will soon amend the Geographical Indications wine and spirits Registration Act, which was presented in 2006 but never approved, to ensure the proper functioning of the GI registration process. The objective is to allow the Act to come into effect in 2016.
At present, there is no sui generis legislation on GIs in New Zealand. Protection for GIs in New Zealand is currently based on the Fair Trading Act of 1986 and the Trade Marks Act of 2002.
#GIsEvent: Symposium at the Bournemouth University
The 11th of September 2015, the Center for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) of the Bournemouth University organises, in partnership with the “Consorzio di Tutela del Formaggio Grana Padano”, a symposium on “Geographical Indications in the EU, Policy aspects and future regulation”. The event will take place in Bournemouth (UK).
The symposium program consists of three parts, respectively the GI discourse in Europe, Regulation of GIs and food quality and finally Policy options for non-agricultural GIs. Speakers of different topics are university researchers and professionals.
To participate you need to register @ https://microsites.bournemouth.ac.uk/cippm/2015/02/26/symposium-geographical-indications-in-the-eu/