Latest blog articles by IGIR

  • Geographical Indications: Linking Products To Their Geographical Origin

    Geographical Indications: linking products to their geographical origin

    6 December 2018
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    IGIR in Law
    Geographical Indications (also known as GIs) are signs used to safeguard the link between a product and its place of origin. In order for a product to be protected as a GI, the exact production methods and environmental factors need to be documented. It is easy to imagine that traditional products would benefit from this protection. But does GI protection also contribute to innovation in the product, the process of production or its marketing?
  • Danbo Cheese patent - Food blog Anke

    Should a food standard be accorded geographical indication status?

    3 December 2018
    by: 
    IGIR in Law
    Protected geographical indications (PGI) cannot be granted for names deemed generic in the language of a territory. The recent example of Danbo cheese shows that if a name is deemed to be generic under a certain legal framework (Codex), it may not necessarily be so under another legal framework (PGI).
  • Blog on patent regulation and Brexit

    Does Brexit have the last word in the UPC?

    8 October 2018
    by: 
    IGIR in Law
    With or without the UK, the EU will try to find a way to implement the UPC as it has invested considerable time and efforts knowing the benefits it will bring; however, the fate of the Agreement could be decided on judicial grounds instead of political ones.
  • Plants and seeds - blog conference

    Plant variety rights and patent: which way to go?

    7 May 2018
    by: 
    IGIR in Law
    Innovation is stimulated by a well designed regulatory framework as well as a balanced and effective Intellectual Property (IP) protection. IP protection gives the innovator an exclusive right on his innovation and allows a fair sustained return for his investment. In agricultural industry, plant variety rights system is one of the most important mechanisms.
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