Negotiators 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.
A Diplomatic Conference was held in Geneva from May 11 to 21, 2015 and adopted the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications.
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.
Other changes affect fee provisions, scope of protection, protection against becoming generic, and safeguards for respect of prior trademark rights.
The Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement will enter into force three months after five eligible parties have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession.
The Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration was originally concluded in 1958.
Wednesday mai 20, 2015/ OMPI.