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Major Cheese-Producing Nations Stand Firm Against EU’s Misappropriation of Generic Cheese Name “Havarti”

Major dairy-producing organizations around the world are challenging the European Union’s (EU) decision to disregard market realities and international trade standards by granting Denmark sole ownership of the generic name “havarti” cheese in Europe. With the EU’s publication of the decision yesterday, “havarti” will be granted a geographical indication (GI), even though the name “havarti” […]Read More »

CCFN Gains WIPO Observer Status, Helping Ensure that Consumer Interests are Treated as a Priority in Geographical Indications Policies

The United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has granted observer status to the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), 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 the benefit of consumers worldwide. The […]Read More »

Safeguarding Common Names in Key Markets Around the World

As anticipated, 2019 continues to be a busy year for CCFN in defense and education in the area of generic names. CCFN has filed 13 new opposition this year to preserve common names, most which are still pending. Here are some details on work conducted so far this year.Read More »

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

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All parmesan cheese must come from Italy

image description There are now 290 [wine] terms that are protected. Other sectors are right to be concerned about how the EU’s approach will ultimately impact them as well. image description — Wine Institute