“…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.
Giorgio Linguanti, That’s Amore Cheese
“Yes, these cheeses originated in my home country of Italy, but we proudly make them here in Australia according to those traditions, and spread the love for these cheeses – and the names of these cheeses – here.” Read more…
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.”
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 »
The threat to food and beverage producers who use common names for their products has gotten more widespread in the past three years, despite concerted efforts to push back on the European Union’s (EU) various negotiations and policies that improperly broaden the scope of geographical indications (GI). Shawna Morris, senior director of the international Consortium […]Read More »
Congressional leaders overseeing trade and intellectual property issues today sent a letter to the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) expressing “serious concern” about the lack of participation in a fast-moving process to adopt sweeping revisions to a global system for registering protected food names, or geographical indications (GIs). The Consortium for […]Read More »
(Brussels, Belgium) The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), an active member of the international Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), today briefed U.S. and EU negotiators on deep-set concerns with the EU’s current approach to protections for geographical indications (GIs). The presentation was made during the stakeholder briefings here in conjunction with this week’s U.S.-EU […]Read More »
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.
— National Chamber of Milk Producers of Costa Rica
Regional Report: CCFN continues to monitor for new threats and to take action as needed in various regions:
Japan is proceeding with its GI regulation implementation; CCFN filed comments on the country's draft regulations in March, stressing the importance of transparency, clarity and maintaining open competition from a variety of Japan's trading partners.
In Vietnam, CCFN filed comments in late December in response to a large list of protected GIs published by the Vietnamese government. CCFN is seeking to ensure continued usage rights for numerous common terms included on Vietnam's list either as stand-alone GIs or as part of a multi-term GI.
In Central America, "mozzarella" has popped up on the landscape among names where new proposed regulations are too vague to safely ensure protection of the common name. In both Nicaragua and Costa Rica CCFN has filed comments asking for clarification that "mozzarella" is protected as a generic term under the application for the GI Mozzarella di Bufala Campana. At the same time, CCFN seeks clarification on "bologna" in Nicaragua; and "romano" in Costa Rica, while directly opposing GIs for "asiago" and "gorgonzola" in Nicaragua that would ban the use by all non-Italian exporters of those terms. In Guatemala, the EU has appealed Guatemala's sound ruling last year that "parmesan" is generic; CCFN will continue to fight for protecting the generic term in this market.
Finally, the EU and Morocco announced in January they had reached agreement to mutually protect their GIs. In the broadest scope of a GI agreement to date, the EU and Morocco agreed to exchange protection for all GIs registered before January 2013. The EU reportedly wants to make further progress on a free trade agreement with Morocco this year. CCFN is concerned about the impact and uncertainty this agreement will create in the Moroccan market.