August 5, 2020 ARLINGTON, VA – The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) and a coalition of other U.S. dairy stakeholders prevailed today in their vigorous opposition to lengthy efforts by French and Swiss gruyere associations to trademark the term “gruyere” in the United States. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Trademark Trial and […]Read More »
ARLINGTON, VA – A diverse range of farm and agricultural industries is praising a bipartisan Senate letter sent today to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging stronger international safeguards to protect U.S. exporters using common food and wine terms. Sens. John Thune (R-SD), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Thom Tillis […]Read More »
Washington, D.C. – The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) applauds the activation of groundbreaking protections for common food names as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) enters into force today. These protections will more effectively combat the European Union’s (EU) efforts to seize exclusive use of common food and wine terms in the critical Mexican […]Read More »
In its Phase One deal with the U.S., China made critical commitments to lay out indicators of generic status and mandate greater clarity regarding the scope of protection for multi-term geographical indications (GIs). CCFN recently submitted comments to the Chinese government to help ensure it fulfills these commitments by advising on the development of its […]Read More »
The Cheese Importers Association of America (CIAA) recently expressed concern to the European dairy community that the EU has co-opted many common food names, resulting in reduced market access around the world for U.S. dairy exports.
The International Trademark Association (INTA) last fall passed an updated resolution on geographical indications (GIs) that recognizes that terms “that are or have become generic terms in a jurisdiction should not be impaired by geographical indication protection in that jurisdiction.” There is also a provision regarding transparency and the opportunity to cancel and oppose GIs. As an INTA member, CCFN worked actively on the process to update the resolution.