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Intellectual Property Report Details U.S. Trade Representative’s Global Initiatives to Defend Rights of Common Food Name Users

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 »

Brochure Details EU Assault on Cheese Names for International Buyers

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 »

Criticism of Europe’s GI Abuse Mounts in Washington

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 »

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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