Geneva Act of WIPO’s Lisbon Agreement Gains Key Fifth Member as European Union Joins

The Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications reached a milestone enabling its entry into force, as the European Union (EU) joined as the key fifth member of the international registration system that provides protection for names identifying the geographic origin of products such as coffee, tea, fruits, wine, pottery, glass and cloth.

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan and Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva Ambassador Terhi Hakala gave their reactions to the news. With the EU’s accession, the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement will enter into force for all its contracting parties on February 26, 2020.

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