EU Conference on Geographical Indications and the Lisbon Agreement (Geneva Act) and Study Visits on Geographical Indications
The IP Key Southeast Asia (SEA) Project will support the participation of high-level intellectual property (IP) officials in charge of Geographical Indications (GIs) in the 2019 edition of the Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications and in the GI Study Visit to be held on 02-04 and 05-06 July, respectively.
The Worldwide Symposium is organized jointly by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) with the support of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). The IP Key GI Study Visit is conducted in collaboration with INPI and the IP Key Latin America Project.
The Worldwide Symposium will bring together national IP authorities responsible for GIs, GI professionals, and GI producers and will serve a venue to exchange perspectives and best practices in the area of GIs. The Symposium will provide high-level officials from SEA IP Offices with fresh insights on GI protection and information on recent developments in the field, including the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on the Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications (Lisbon Agreement).
After the Worldwide Symposium, the Southeast Asian IP officials will visit GI producers the Lisbon and Porto areas to gain a more practical understanding of the benefits of GI protection.
The producers of Vinho do Porto and Ovos Moles de Aveiro, GIs protected in the EU, will share their production processes, control mechanisms to ensure the quality of their products, branding and marketing strategies, and the benefits of GI protection to their respective communities. Vinho do Porto is a wine produced from grapes grown in the Duoro region while Ovos Moles de Aveiro is a bakery product that uses ancient techniques following the original recipe and high-quality ingredients.
Officials from the IP offices of Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam will participate in the Worldwide Symposium and IP Key SEA GI Study Visit along with EUIPO and IP Key SEA representatives.
The IP Key SEA and Latin America Projects are funded by the European Commission and administered by the EUIPO.