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CCFN Praises U.S. for Progress on Thorny Geographical Indications Issues in WIPO Budget Deliberations

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 »

WIPO Members Make Forceful Case in Questioning the Legitimacy and Future Usage of Revised Geographical Indications System 

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 »

CCFN Praises Congress for Trade Promotion Authority Provision That Defends U.S. Food and Beverage Producers Against Geographical Indications Abuse

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 »

Threats to Common Food Names More Widespread in EU Trade Deals and other Geographical Indications Policies

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 »

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image description Many commonly used names for American cheeses have deep roots in European history, but American cheesemakers have contribut[ed] greatly to their popularity around the world. image description — The American Cheese Society