International registration of GIs 21 May 2015

WIPO has issued a press release communicating good news on the increasingly significant matter of Geographical Indications (GIs).

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According to the press release, negotiators at a  diplomatic conference in Geneva (May 11 to 21 2015) approved a revision of an international registration system providing protection for names that identify the geographic origin of products such as coffee, tea, fruits, wine, pottery, glass and cloth.

The Geneva Act allows the international registration of geographical indications (GIs), in addition to appellations of origin, and permits the accession to the Lisbon Agreement by certain intergovernmental organizations.