WEDNESDAY, 5 JUNE 2013
GIs: oriGIn and the Bordeaux Declaration
Via MARQUES Linked In Group member Massimo Vittori comes news of the Declaration of Bordeaux, 20 May 2013, of oriGIn, the Organisation for an International Geographical Indications Network. This declaration seemed sufficiently interesting and important for us to post on Class 46, which reproduces the text in full:
The members of the Organization for an International Geographical Indications Network (oriGIn), honored by the presence and opening speech delivered at the Bordeaux General Assembly by Mr. Stephane Le Foll – French Minister of Agriculture – agreed to adopt the following Declaration:
- we encourage the Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to make clear and significant progress toward the effective multilateral protection of GIs at next Ministerial Conference to be held in Bali in December 2013;- Meanwhile, we ask the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to conform its regulations on generic top-level domains (gTLDs) to the internationally accepted rules on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and, therefore, fully consider GIs as prior rights deserving protection in case of irregular use in gTLDs;- We would like to congratulate the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Working Group on the reform of the Lisbon Agreement on the Protection of Appellations of Origin and Their International Registration, for its proposal to amend the Agreement, extending its scope of application to GIs and providing for a single and ambitious level of protection for both Appellations of Origin and GIs. In this respect, we welcome the Working Group recommendation that the Lisbon Union Assembly approve at its 2013 session the convening of a diplomatic conference in 2015 for the adoption of a Revised Lisbon Agreement, .and we encourage the WIPO Member States to work along the lines proposed by the Working Group.
Moreover, we welcome the recent publication by the European Commission of a Study on GIs for non-agricultural products in the EU, which oriGIn contributed to finalize. Such study clearly highlights the huge potential of non-agricultural GIs in Europe. As a result, we encourage the European institutions to work in the following years on the establishment of a sound community legal framework providing non agriculture GIs with an effective protection against misappropriations and counterfeiting.
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