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Getting the Rules of the Road Right

A key CCFN focus recently has been encouraging country rules on geographical indications and trademarks that include strong due process protections for common names and establish clear procedures for handling GI requests. In January, for example, after extensive engagement with CCFN and U.S. policymakers, China published updated trademark guidance that emphasized the importance of evaluating […]Read More »

Canada-EU Trade Agreement Heads List of Problematic FTAs Now Moving Forward

A problematic free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union is expected to be in force in the second quarter of this year after the European Parliament granted its approval for the deal in mid-February. Under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, Canada agreed to establish geographical indications on cheese names long considered generic […]Read More »

CCFN to Participate in WIPO Listening Session on GIs; Host Side Seminar in Geneva

The World Intellectual Property Organization, the United Nations agency dealing with intellectual property protection worldwide, has invited CCFN to participate in a formal listening session for WIPO- member countries in late March on geographical indications and country name use. The session will feature industry, government and academic speakers addressing various elements related to GIs, as […]Read More »

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This Makes Sense

This Makes Sense:

Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese must come from Italy's Parma region

This Doesn’t Make Sense

This Doesn't Make Sense:

All parmesan cheese must come from Italy

image description We fully support efforts by the Consortium to protect the right to continue marketing… products using the common names by which they’ve always been known. image description — American Meat Institute