“…We’re going to keep making gouda in Wisconsin. And feta, and cheddar, and everything else. So, it is extremely important that we do not allow these countries … to use these kinds of improper barriers to block U.S. dairy exports.” Read More
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.
Giorgio Linguanti, That’s Amore Cheese
“Yes, these cheeses originated in my home country of Italy, but we proudly make them here in Australia according to those traditions, and spread the love for these cheeses – and the names of these cheeses – here.” Read more…
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.”
New revisions to the Lisbon Agreement system for geographical indications (GIs) have been adopted using an illegitimate process, and the resulting agreement will be problematic for the countries that choose to use it, particularly in terms of protecting common food names and the erosion of existing intellectual property rights. These were messages shared by a […]Read More »
The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) applauds the inclusion of strong language in the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill on the need to curtail improper use of geographical indications (GI), addressing a growing threat to food and beverage producers who use common names for their products. CCFN, an international non-profit alliance, works on behalf […]Read More »
The threat to food and beverage producers who use common names for their products has gotten more widespread in the past three years, despite concerted efforts to push back on the European Union’s (EU) various negotiations and policies that improperly broaden the scope of geographical indications (GI). Shawna Morris, senior director of the international Consortium […]Read More »
Congressional leaders overseeing trade and intellectual property issues today sent a letter to the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) expressing “serious concern” about the lack of participation in a fast-moving process to adopt sweeping revisions to a global system for registering protected food names, or geographical indications (GIs). The Consortium for […]Read More »
(Brussels, Belgium) The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), an active member of the international Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), today briefed U.S. and EU negotiators on deep-set concerns with the EU’s current approach to protections for geographical indications (GIs). The presentation was made during the stakeholder briefings here in conjunction with this week’s U.S.-EU […]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
WIPO Members Question Legitimacy of Revised Lisbon Agreement – New revisions to the Lisbon Agreement system for GIs have been adopted using an illegitimate process, and the resulting agreement will be problematic for the countries that choose to use it, particularly in terms of protecting common food names and the erosion of existing intellectual property rights. These were messages shared in May by a strong coalition of nation members to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) during the Lisbon Agreement Diplomatic Conference in Geneva. Read more
Mexico in the News – CCFN Files Oppositions on Asiago and Gorgonzola in Mexico – CCFN has filed oppositions in Mexico to applications to protect the names “asiago” and “gorgonzola” submitted by the Italians as part of the Lisbon Agreement. Mexico is one of the current Lisbon Agreement nations, and as such has a limited period of time in which to decline to protect submitted terms. Read more
Separately, the EU and Mexico are expected to launch negotiations later this year on a new free trade agreement, Reuters reports. The negotiations would build on a pact with Mexico from 2000. Read more
More News from Costa Rica – Costa Rica’s intellectual property tribunal has upheld decisions to block trademark applications that included the commonly used terms “provolone” and “parmesan” — applications intended to help ensure that the terms could continue to be used. However, the tribunal indicated that they don’t consider the terms to be generic and suggested that the terms are for sole use by specific Italian producers. Read more
Greece Seeks Changes for “Feta” in EU-Canada Trade Deal – Greece has told EU trade ministers that it objects to terms in the EU-Canada trade agreement, solidified last year, that would allow Canadian companies that have used the name “feta” since before October 2013 to continue to do so. Greece wants most Canadian companies to be barred from using the term. Read more
CCFN Asks Morocco for Clarity on EU Agreement – In April CCFN sent a letter to the Moroccan Ambassador to the U.S. requesting more information on Morocco’s recent GI agreement with the EU. Press reports in January indicated that the EU and Morocco had reached an agreement whereby each would recognize all GIs registered by the other country as of January 2013. Read more