Around the World: Ensuring Generic Names Are on the Agenda in GI Discussions

November 27th, 2018

As GI policy discussions take place around the world, CCFN continually works to make sure that the consideration of generic names is part of the agenda. In the past couple of months CCFN has participated in several important meetings connected with these influential organizations:

  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): CCFN recently participated as guest speaker at a GI Workshop in Chile, which is well-timed with the discussion of GIs in the upcoming Chile-EU trade negotiations. CCFN engaged with WIPO earlier this year regarding 2018-19 programs to determine inclusion of common name speakers. In addition, CCFN met earlier this year with Chilean industry and government officials to discuss GIs and the Chile-EU FTA.
  • European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO): CCFN participated in a panel at the EU Intellectual Property Office’s October conference in Spain, entitled “Trade Marks and Geographical Indications: Future Perspectives”. Ambassador Al Johnson, who represented CCFN, said afterwards that several European participants expressed interest and even some support for the generic names position, which is not often heard in Europe.
  • Australian National University GI Workshop: CCFN participated in a workshop in Berlin in September entitled, “Understanding Geographical Indications”. Participants from all over the world and from different intellectual property areas were in attendance.
  • Indonesian Workshop on GIs and Common Names: A CCFN representative spoke at a workshop organized by the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service and U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in Indonesia, to educate Indonesian government officials on proper GI procedures and common name safeguards. Indonesia is currently negotiating a trade agreement with the EU and has yet to determine the details of how it will handle GIs in that agreement.