The Conference resulted in the adoption of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on 20th May. The Geneva Act allows the international registration of GIs, as well as AOs, and permits certain intergovernmental associations to accede to the Lisbon Agreement. It also develops the legal framework of the Lisbon System and introduces changes affecting fee provisions, scope of protection, protection against becoming generic and safeguards for respect of prior trade mark rights.
GI Team participation
Keri Johnston, Vice-Chair of the GI Team, attended all 11 days of the meetings, and provided regular updates on the negotiations for Jeremy Phillips to post on the Class 46 blog. Three other members of the Team – Alessandro Sciarra (Chair of the Team), Miguel Angel Medina (former Chair and Council member) and Ortrun Günzel – were also present for some of the time.
The President of the Diplomatic Conference Ambassador Luis Enrique Chávez Basagoitia, Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, described the adoption of the Geneva Act as a “transcendental moment” for the Lisbon Union and WIPO.
The Geneva Act will enter into force three months after five eligible parties have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession.
More information is provided in WIPO’s statement on the conclusion of the Diplomatic Conference, and its statement on the opening.
Read all of the GI Team’s updates on the MARQUES Class 46 blog here:
Lisbon Revision Conference: MARQUES cares, MARQUES is there!
Latest from Lisbon: What the MARQUES GI Team has been doing
MARQUES at the Lisbon Agreement Conference: an update
MARQUES at the Lisbon Agreement Conference: Day 8
MARQUES at the Lisbon Agreement Conference: New Act and the Regulations in LI/DC/14 and LI/DC/15 to be recommended to the Plenary
MARQUES at the Lisbon Agreement Conference: Meeting in Plenary for the Adoption of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications
The Lisbon System and the Geneva Act: agreement is reached