U.S. Government Awards Trademarks for Valid GIs

November 30th, 2020

CCFN has long advocated for policies at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that protect goods labeled with common terms and truly distinctive products alike. That’s why we were gratified to see USPTO manage a fair and just process when it approved trademarks for the GIs Mortadella Bologna and Mozzarella Di Bufala Campana, and communicated our appreciation for that well-balanced approach to USPTO.

The trademarks granted to Consorzio Mortadella Bologna and Consorzio Per La Tutela Del Formaggio Mozzarella Di Bufala Campana for Mortadella Bologna and Mozzarella Di Bufala Campana, respectively, will provide these specialized products and their unique regional names the full protection afforded to trademarks under U.S. law. Equally as important, the USPTO also provided an avenue to protect the interests of U.S. manufacturers and farmers that produce mozzarella di bufala, mortadella or bologna, and the U.S. consumers who know and trust these American-made products, by requiring the applicants to disclaim any exclusive rights to use the terms “mortadella bologna” and “mozzarella di bufala.”

We hope that other GI applicants will use these applications as a model for future submissions. It is possible to fairly protect valid GIs while allowing free use of the common terms derived from those GIs!