World Intellectual Property Organisation

The European Union has now joined the Geneva Act of the WIPO’s (World Intellectual Property Organisation) Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications. The European Union (EU) joined as the key fifth member of the international registration system that provides protection for names identifying the geographic origin of products such as coffee, team fruits, wine, pottery, glass and cloth.

“The EU’s accession enables entry into force of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement, while greatly expanding the geographical coverage of this important registration system,” said [WIPO Director General Mr Francis] Gurry “As interest in the provenance of products grows, protection of appellations of origin and geographical indications benefits consumers demanding authenticity as well as producers seeking new ways to add value and distinguish their products in an increasingly global and competitive marketplace,” he added.

Original article published on WIPO press releases 26.11.2019 here