Engaging with Trade and IP Groups Worldwide

March 13th, 2019

CCFN Executive Director Jaime Castaneda travelled to Geneva in December to meet with representatives of several groups influential in global policies on trade and intellectual property issues, including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and European representatives for the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. CCFN continually follows up with these organizations to reinforce the need to include common names in discussions and conferences involving geographical indications.

CCFN emphasized the points made with WIPO in a letter to Director General Francis Gurry, who responded that CCFN’s views were duly noted and would be taken into account in WIPO’s ongoing efforts to ensure that “…activities pertaining to geographical indications and other distinctive signs continue to fully reflect the point of view of all relevant stakeholders. We, in the International Bureau, are committed to observing a balanced approach to this issue, and indeed to all areas of intellectual property policy, while leaving to Member States their own sovereign decisions.”

In addition, CCFN participated in the 12th Annual IP Attaché Roundtable in the United States in December 2018. The program provided an opportunity to engage with the assembled U.S. intellectual property (IP) attachés to discuss recent trends and challenges in IP protection and enforcement in regions around the world.