ARLINGTON, VA – The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) expressed appreciation for U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s denunciation of geographical indications (GIs) as trade barriers. During recent meetings with European agriculture and trade officials, Secretary Perdue made it clear that the […]Read More »
(Washington D.C.) The Consortium for Common Food Names commends the Administration for its accomplishments in Phase One trade agreement between the United States and China, which creates safeguards regarding market access for generic or common-name products. CCFN, together with its members, the U.S. Dairy Export Council and the National Milk Producers Federation, worked extensively with […]Read More »
A blue cheese produced by Rogue Creamery in Oregon – “Rogue River Blue” – beat out 3,800 entries from 42 countries in October to take top honors at the 2019 World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy.Read More »
The European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has denied a request from Emmentaler Switzerland to trademark the term “emmental” or “emmentaler” (in German) aligning with CCFN’s objections to the application.Read More »
Out of a list of geographical indications requested by the EU as part of the Australia-EU free trade agreement, CCFN has filed oppositions to 12 terms. CCFN also requested affirmation of the assurance provided by Australia that common name portions of certain compound GIs will remain free to use.
Emmentaler, Gruyere GI Applications in Mercosur Face Opposition
CCFN has filed oppositions to any restriction of the terms “emmentaler” and “gruyere” in Mercosur nations, pushing back on Swiss efforts to monopolize the terms as part of trade negotiations between the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and Mercosur.
The International Trademark Association (INTA) passed an updated GI resolution in November that recognizes that terms “that are or have become generic terms in a jurisdiction should not be impaired by GI protection in that jurisdiction.” As an INTA member, CCFN had worked actively on the process to update the resolution.
CCFN expects the on-the-ground impact to be limited from a GI agreement in November between the European Union (EU) and China. Several of the terms within the 100 GIs listed as part of the agreement are not new restrictions and were already registered in China through its own GI or trademark system.