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Global Alliance Supporting Consumer Rights and Opposing Restrictions On Generic Food Names Made Major Inroads in 2015

The Consortium for Common Food Names, an international alliance of companies and organizations dedicated to preserving rights to use common food names, enters 2016 having made major inroads last year. In an important step forward, the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement concluded in October broke new ground by establishing more workable rules for how Geographical Indications […]Read More »

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 »

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image description As we work to introduce more people around the world to our great cheeses, we need to make sure that names with a long history of widespread usage remain open to us. image description — Agri-Mark