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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

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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

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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

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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