CCFN to Participate in WIPO Listening Session on GIs; Host Side Seminar in Geneva
March 12th, 2017
The World Intellectual Property Organization, the United Nations agency dealing with intellectual property protection worldwide, has invited CCFN to participate in a formal listening session for WIPO- member countries in late March on geographical indications and country name use. The session will feature industry, government and academic speakers addressing various elements related to GIs, as well as use of country name references and GIs on the internet. CCFN will be the sole industry speaker addressing the importance of balance on the topic of GIs and championing the rights of common name users. While in Geneva, CCFN and its allies will hold a side briefing on the concerns facing generic name users around the world and the importance of procedural safeguards in preserving a robust common domain with respect to GI and trademark systems.