“We recognize the threat and trade hurdles geographical indications can create. They impact some of our valued customers’ international business, so a fair playing field is important to us as well as all U.S. producers. Protecting common cheese names is vitally important and it’s fortunate that CCFN has taken on this role for dairy and the other threatened industries.”
Everyone should have the right to use common names in marketing well-known, favorite foods.
But that right is under threat. We oppose attempts to monopolize generic names, and seek to foster the adoption of an appropriate, international model for protecting both legitimate geographical indications (GIs) and generic food names.
Fostering Workable GI Guidelines
“Our ultimate goal is to foster the adoption of model GI guidelines throughout the world, which we think is achievable and can be workable for specialty producers.”
A report on intellectual property issued Friday by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) outlined the Trump Administration’s continuing commitment to curtailing the damaging abuses of geographical indications (GIs) – particularly by the European Union (EU). The report highlighted ongoing threats to U.S. companies that legally use common food names both within the United States […]Read More »
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 »
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 »
Rulings are expected in the coming months in Mexico on legal challenges filed by CCFN and its members to geographical indications requested by Italy for asiago and gorgonzola. The United States is the primary exporter of asiago and gorgonzola to Mexico, which had treated the two cheese names as generic for many years. The challenges […]Read More »
Third-country winemakers exporting to the EU can no longer include on their labels words such as ‘noble’, ‘classic’, ‘cream’, ‘superior’, ‘vintage’, ‘fine’, ‘ruby’, ‘chateau’ and ‘clos’ unless they engage in a complex application process.
— Wine Institute
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. Read more
Decisions Pending in Challenges to GIs in Mexico; Fight over Parmesan in Guatemala Continues - Rulings are expected in the coming months in Mexico on legal challenges filed by CCFN and its members to geographical indications requested by Italy for asiago and gorgonzola. Read more
U.S. Companies Join CCFN in Challenging Trademark for Gruyere Sought by French and Swiss - Several U.S. companies and organizations have joined a CCFN challenge to a U.S. trademark application for gruyere filed by French and Swiss cheese makers. Read more
Profiles of the heroes who protect and promote common food names
In 1983, twelve central California dairy families sat in a local diner and dreamed of creating a cheese company that would boost the value of their Jersey cows’ high-solids milk. David Ahlem’s parents joined with other local dairy farmer families to form the initial concepts on the back of a napkin. That group created Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. ...