One of the best-known and well-loved cheese names in the United States is “Cabot,” a brand that evokes the farm families and rich cheese-making traditions of Vermont and the rolling rural countryside of the Northeast.
Paul Ryan (R-WI):
“…We’re going to keep making gouda in Wisconsin. And feta, and cheddar, and everything else. So, it is extremely important that we do not allow these countries … to use these kinds of improper barriers to block U.S. dairy exports.” Read 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.”
The Consortium for Common Food Names, an international alliance of companies and organizations dedicated to preserving rights to use common food names, enters 2016 having made major inroads last year. In an important step forward, the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement concluded in October broke new ground by establishing more workable rules for how Geographical Indications […]Read More »
The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) praises the U.S. delegation for its steadfast determination and success regarding contentious geographical indications (GI) issues during last week’s intense budget deliberations at the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. As a result of U.S. efforts, WIPO has resolved to institute a more equitable system […]Read More »
The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) commends U.S. Congressional leaders for urging fixes to a treaty that could limit the use of generic food names in export markets and impact the sales of cheeses, meats, wines and a wide range of other products. Objecting to an expansion of geographical indications (GI) protections aimed at […]Read More »
New revisions to the Lisbon Agreement system for geographical indications (GIs) have been adopted using an illegitimate process, and the resulting agreement will be problematic for the countries that choose to use it, particularly in terms of protecting common food names and the erosion of existing intellectual property rights. These were messages shared by a […]Read More »
The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) applauds the inclusion of strong language in the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill on the need to curtail improper use of geographical indications (GI), addressing a growing threat to food and beverage producers who use common names for their products. CCFN, an international non-profit alliance, works on behalf […]Read More »
CCFN Filing Opposition to Halloumi GI Application - This month CCFN is filing its formal opposition to the application in the EU for GI protection of the name "halloumi". Read more
Korea Makes Shift Toward Heightened Enforcement Against Use of Common Terms - CCFN has noted with concern a shift in how Korea is more actively enforcing some GIs as part of its trade deal with the EU. Read more
CCFN Takes Action in Mexico - Non-Italian producers of asiago who are exporting the cheese to Mexico have been warned to stop selling the cheese under that name, due to Italy's filing of the name under registrations within the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Read more
U.S. Dairy Industry Tags GIs as a Major Trade Concern - The issue of GIs and protection of common food names was spotlighted extensively in comments filed recently by the U.S. dairy industry to the U.S. government as part of the National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers. Read more
One of the best-known and well-loved cheese names in the United States is "Cabot," a brand that evokes the farm families and rich cheese-making traditions of Vermont and the rolling rural countryside of the Northeast. Read more