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CCFN Makes the Case for Common Names in GI Point-Counterpoint

CCFN and the Organisation for an International Geographical Indications Network (OriGIn) faced off in a written debate in the World Trademark Review (WTR) in October. The exchange, which is now posted on the CCFN website, illustrates the broad divide in the positions of the two groups. In its article, OriGIn raised issues of product quality […]Read More »

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U.S. and Philippines Affirm Positive, Mutual Approach to GIs

The United States and Philippines announced in October recent achievements resolving certain bilateral trade issues under their bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). Among these was a common approach to handling GI applications in a fair, transparent manner that respects common name users.Read More »

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USMCA Breaks New Ground with Better GI Policy

Companies in North America that produce foods that bear generic names praised the U.S. government last month for the seminal language included in the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) regarding geographical indications (GI) policy and the protection of common food names.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 For over 60 years, our producers and processors have used generic names to describe various types of cheese such as edam, cheddar, gouda, emmenthal and parmesan. image description — National Chamber of Milk Producers of Costa Rica