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CCFN Participates in WIPO Listening Session on GIs; Hosts Side Seminar in Geneva

This spring CCFN participated in a formal information session in Geneva of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the United Nations agency dealing with intellectual property protection worldwide. Despite efforts by GI proponents to silence those defending common names, CCFN was invited by WIPO to speak at the GI information session, held in conjunction with […]Read More »

Trump Administration Commits to Continued Defense of Manufacturers Using Common Food Names

A report on intellectual property issued in May 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) 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 and […]Read More »

CCFN Briefs New U.S. Administration Officials on GIs and Common Names

In addition to comments filed for the Special 301 Report in this issue’s lead story, CCFN has been laying the groundwork over the last several months in order to help ensure that the GI issue is high on the radar screen of cabinet officials within the new administration. A prime opportunity to do just this […]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 Many of the cheese names we use have become protected GIs in Europe, despite the fact that these names were established here for more than a century as generic names… image description — Argentine Dairy Industry Federation