Plurilateral Agreement On Geographical Indications On Its Way At WIPOPublished on 1 October 2013 @ 2:41 pm
By Alessandro Marongiu for Intellectual Property Watch
Last week, WIPO members that are parties to a special agreement on the protection of appellations of origin agreed to convene a diplomatic conference in 2015 to adopt a revision of the 1958 Lisbon Agreement. The revised treaty would extend to all geographical indications the protection already granted to appellations of origin. The decision to convene a diplomatic conference, however, stirred up controversy with a number of WIPO members that are not parties to the treaty.