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Trump Administration Commits to Continued Staunch Defense of U.S. Food and Beverage Manufacturers Using Common Food Names

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 »

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 »

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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 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. image description — Wine Institute