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China Working to Fulfill Phase One Commitments with CCFN Guidance

In its Phase One deal with the U.S., China made critical commitments to lay out indicators of generic status and mandate greater clarity regarding the scope of protection for multi-term geographical indications (GIs). CCFN recently submitted comments to the Chinese government to help ensure it fulfills these commitments by advising on the development of its […]Read More »

CCFN Files Comments with USTR on Kenya

CCFN is urging the U.S. government to take full advantage of the opportunity presented by upcoming trade negotiations with Kenya to build upon the advances made in USMCA, contain the EU’s aggressive misuse of geographical indications (GIs) to erect market access barriers and establish a precedent in sub-Saharan African regarding safeguards for the free use […]Read More »

U.S. Government Denounces EU Abuse of GI Protections in Special 301 Report

The U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) annual Special 301 Report on global intellectual property protection and enforcement included a (dis)honorable mention of the European Union’s (EU) ongoing abuse of geographical indications (GIs) protections to prevent the trade of common name products. Prior to the report, CCFN filed extensive comments to USTR outlining the EU’s government-driven effort […]Read More »

On the Record at WIPO General Assembly

Frequent readers of CCFN alerts know that CCFN was granted observer status by the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in October 2019. This is an important step forward in CCFN’s ability to ensure balanced dialogue in the development of fair geographical indications (GI) policies that safeguard common names side-by-side with GI protections, to […]Read More »

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This Makes Sense

This Makes Sense:

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

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All parmesan cheese must come from Italy

image description As we work to introduce more people around the world to our great cheeses, we need to make sure that names with a long history of widespread usage remain open to us. image description — Agri-Mark