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Safeguarding Common Names in Key Markets Around the World

As anticipated, 2019 continues to be a busy year for CCFN in defense and education in the area of generic names. CCFN has filed 13 new opposition this year to preserve common names, most which are still pending. Here are some details on work conducted so far this year.Read More »

WIPO GI Symposium: CCFN Makes Common Names Part of the Dialogue

CCFN continues its steady engagement with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), most recently related to the structure and process surrounding the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement (2015), which may have a significant impact on how geographical indications (GI) are vetted and registered in multiple nations.Read More »

CCFN, U.S. Dairy Industry and Consorzio Tutela Mozzarella di Bufala Campana Sign Historic Agreement on GIs and Common Names, Providing Transparency for Consumers

The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the Consorzio Tutela Mozzarella di Bufala Campana have signed an historic agreement that CCFN hopes will pave the way for a new dialogue on the protection of products of origin in the United States and in global markets – including those bearing geographical indications (GIs), while respecting the rights of companies to produce and market products bearing generic names.Read More »

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This Makes Sense

This Makes Sense:

Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese must come from Italy's Parma region

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This Doesn't Make Sense:

All 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