“Names like feta and parmesan belong to everyone, not just a small group of producers in Greece and Italy. Decisions being made now … will have a tremendous impact on the U.S. dairy industry’s ability to use cheese names crucial to its success.”
Join CCFN and USPTO at a June 21 Workshop on Trademarks and Common Names in Chicago
CCFN is teaming up with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on a June 21 seminar about trademarks and the risks posed to continued use of common food names. Find out 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.
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.”
A report issued by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office today outlined the Administration’s broad scope of activities aimed at combating the abuse of geographical indications (GIs) threatening the use of common food names. USTR’s annual Special 301 Report touted the extensive efforts in numerous countries and forums that the Administration has undertaken to stem the […]Read More »
The U.S. Dairy Export Council has published an attractive, four-page brochure on the European Union’s extensive campaign to claim sole ownership of the names of popular cheeses made all around the world, including in the United States. The plain-language brochure, aimed at international cheese buyers, was developed with extensive help from CCFN. The brochure says the […]Read More »
CCFN and other opponents of Europe’s campaign to monopolize the use of generic food names received some powerful ammunition in an 8,000-word policy paper issued by Washington’s Cato Institute in mid-February. “The protection of GIs beyond what is needed to prevent consumer confusion does not serve the public interest,” the analysis, headlined Reign of Terroir, […]Read More »
The 12th Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiating round was held in Brussels February 22-26. Geographical indications (GIs) have been a major issue in the talks and both the United States and European Union (EU) have pledged to intensify negotiations toward the goal of concluding an agreement in 2016. The U.S. Dairy Export Council […]Read More »
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…
— Argentine Dairy Industry Federation
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