Strengthening Geographical Indications – online conference of the European Commission


The European Commission (DG AGRI -Directorate-General Agriculture and Rural Development) together with EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) are organising ‘Strengthening Geographical Indications (GIs) –on-line Conference 2020’, which will take place on 25-26 November 2020.

This online event falls at the optimum moment in a major European Commission reform process: the Impact Assessment of the GI reform – to “strengthen GIs” as requested by President Von Der Leyen in her Mission letter to Commissioner Wojciechowski – will be in full development and with it an intensive consultation of stakeholders.

The 2020 edition of the Conference will bring together the GI and trade mark IP rights practitioners and enable interactive exchange of knowledge. This edition of the Conference will launch abroad public consultation process for the ‘strengthening GIs’ review.

The Conference will therefore serve as the focal point for stakeholders to make their views known on the range of issues in the reform process from delivering sustainability to the legal challenge to protect GIs on the internet. Producers, stakeholders and EU country officials will be able to participate and give their views on the different panel sessions.

The event will also highlight GI developments, notably concerning e-Ambrosia and GI-View project, and will include a panel on options for non-agricultural GIs.

Participants can register via this LINK by 23November at the latest. They will be able to select the panel sessions they want to follow and will receive an acknowledgement explaining the next steps.

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