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CCFN Voices Opposition to New Lisbon Agreement Approach to GIs

WIPO Members Warned of Unintended Consequences to International Food Trade in Advance of Meeting this Month… Representatives of the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) were in Geneva last week for the 2014 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) General Assembly Meeting, voicing concern about current proposals to expand the Lisbon Agreement, an international system for […]Read more


South Africa Concedes to EU Demands on GIs

South Africa appears to be bypassing intellectual property evaluation to allow a substantial list of GIs protection within South Africa as part of the nation’s economic partnership agreement with the EU, concluded July 22. The list includes such common names as “feta”, “asiago”, “fontina” and “gorgonzola”. CCFN sent a letter to South African Ambassador Rasool expressing concern about the agreement.Read more


Strong Language in Washington, D.C., Supporting CCFN Efforts

There is continued strong language from leaders in Washington, D.C., in support of protecting common food names, particularly in the context of the EU-U.S. negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). CCFN has worked hard to make sure members’ concerns continue to be heard. Read more

U.S. Congress Demands That U.S. Defend Common Food Names and Reject EU’s Aggressive Abuse of Geographical Indications

Today, 177 members of the U.S. House of Representatives joined the call for U.S. negotiators to push back on the European Union’s (EU) efforts to hamper U.S.  production and exports by confiscating common food names, an abuse of the geographical indications (GIs) program. The House echoes similar statements made recently by U.S. Senators on the […]Read more

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image description Many commonly used names for American cheeses have deep roots in European history, but American cheesemakers have contribut[ed] greatly to their popularity around the world. image description — The American Cheese Society