WIPO Conference agrees revisions to Lisbon Agreement on Geographical Indications
The European Commission welcomes the successful conclusion to the Diplomatic Conference on revising the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration, held at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland from 11-21 May.
The Conference adopted the Geneva Act on a Revised Lisbon Agreement, with three key improvements:
- widening its scope to cover all geographical indications,
- modernising it to ensure full compatibility with the evolving international legal framework for Intellectual Property Rights, in particular the WTO TRIPS Agreement, and
- creating the possibility for international organisations, including the EU, to become a full member.
Commissioner Hogan said: "This result is good news for the protection of geographical indications. It provides for a modern, multilateral treaty on a key form of intellectual property.
Geographical indications are powerful instruments for retaining added value in local communities. EU producers, and their counterparts worldwide, must be able to take advantage of their competitiveness in high quality, processed food products which are related to the area they are produced in. This positive outcome should allow the Lisbon Agreement to attract an even broader and truly global membership."