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CCFN Voices Opposition to New Lisbon Agreement Approach to GIs

WIPO Members Warned of Unintended Consequences to International Food Trade in Advance of Meeting this Month… Representatives of the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) were in Geneva last week for the 2014 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) General Assembly Meeting, voicing concern about current proposals to expand the Lisbon Agreement, an international system for […]Read more


South Africa Concedes to EU Demands on GIs

South Africa appears to be bypassing intellectual property evaluation to allow a substantial list of GIs protection within South Africa as part of the nation’s economic partnership agreement with the EU, concluded July 22. The list includes such common names as “feta”, “asiago”, “fontina” and “gorgonzola”. CCFN sent a letter to South African Ambassador Rasool expressing concern about the agreement.Read more


Strong Language in Washington, D.C., Supporting CCFN Efforts

There is continued strong language from leaders in Washington, D.C., in support of protecting common food names, particularly in the context of the EU-U.S. negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). CCFN has worked hard to make sure members’ concerns continue to be heard. Read more

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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