Opinion on the EU Commission's proposals for broader protection in geographical indications law
European Intellectual Property Review
In spring 2022, the EU Commission launched two proposals concerning the protection of Geographical Indications (GIs): COM(2022) 134 of 31 March 2022 amending current Regulation 2012/1151 on agricultural products and foodstuff (APFP) and COM(2022) 174 of 13 April 2022 on craft and industrial products (CIPP). The aims of the proposed regulations align in that they are meant to provide a harmonised and (relatively) simpler framework for registration as well as more resilient protection, in particular on the internet. Furthermore, both aim to bolster economic incentives to invest in production and creation or maintenance of quality jobs in rural and/or less developed regions, as well as—in the case of the agrifood regulation—to stimulate sustainable ways and methods of food production. Overall, those goals are welcome, as are most of the measures proposed to implement them. However, there are a number of problematic points which concern us, which we address in this article.
Sweet & Maxwell
Annette Kur, Irene Calboli, Dev Gangjee, Anke Moerland & Martin Senftleben,
Opinion on the EU Commission's proposals for broader protection in geographical indications law,
Eur. Intell. Prop. Rev.
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