Hisao Fukuda, The Japanese Foodservice Association
“We support the work of the CCFN because restricting use of the names of these commonly traded/used food items would greatly confuse our members and disrupt their business practices.”Read More
Safeguarding Common Names in Mexican Trade Negotiations
CCFN Executive Director Jaime Castaneda in Mexico City with Juan Carlos Baker, Mexico’s Undersecretary of Foreign Trade.
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.”
In its annual intellectual property report released Friday, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office repeated its serious concerns regarding the European Union’s (EU) “aggressive promotion of its exclusionary geographical indications (GIs) policies” and called on U.S. trading partners to respect generic food and beverage names. The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) applauded the strong wording […]Read More »
Joint release with U.S. dairy organizations NMPF and USDEC — Mexico appears poised to enact new restrictions on the use of common cheese names such as “parmesan,” “munster” and “feta” for products sold in Mexico, a development that runs counter to existing trade agreements with the United States, according to preliminary reports on the European Union […]Read More »
In testimony before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) March 8, CCFN urged the U.S. government to intensify its efforts to repel attempts by the European Union (EU) to confiscate generic terms within major trading markets, as well as within the United States itself. CCFN’s testimony was presented as part of the USTR’s […]Read More »
CCFN welcomed the Japanese government’s decision in December to assure the continued general use for many generic food terms as part of its trade agreement with the European Union (EU) – especially highly contested terms such as “parmesan” and “romano”, even as CCFN seeks further assurances on several common terms still at risk. Japan has […]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
Good Ruling on Parmesan in Guatemala – In response to CCFN filings, the Supreme Court issued a positive ruling to maintain the generic use of “parmesan”. CCFN continues to coordinate with local industry in Guatemala to solidify this win in the Guatemalan marketplace. Read more
EU Takes Steps to Join Lisbon Agreement – The European Union is taking steps to join the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Lisbon Agreement as a means to obtain protection for GIs in multiple countries through a single registration. The agreement currently has 28 contracting parties including 7 EU member states. Russia, China, India and 17 francophone African states have expressed interest in joining Read more
More EU Trade Deal Activity on the Horizon – CCFN is watching EU trade activity around the globe, and has updates from the EU’s negotiations with Chile, Singapore and Vietnam and what these may mean for the continued protection of generic names. Read more
Industry Letter to USPTO Stresses Continued Vigilance CCFN joined a group of major industry food and agricultural organizations in sending a letter to the new director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Andrei Iancu, to make him aware of the importance of GI issues and the need for maintaining a strong government policy team to address them as USPTO evaluates possible changes. Read more
Profiles of the heroes who protect and promote common food names
One of the more recent CCFN supporters is the Japan Foodservice Association, which is Japan’s largest foodservice industry organization, with more than 800 companies and 65,000 outlets represented in its membership. The organization has one central mission: To support Japan's foodservice industry in its pursuit to achieve healthy economic growth while fulfilling social responsibilities. Read more