20 & 22 March 2011, Shanghai and Hangzhou
IPR2, together with the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspections and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ) continued to support EU-China co-operation on the protection of Geographical Indications (GIs) with a seminar for industry and a high-level conference in the presence of EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Cioloş, on GIs and appellations of origin as intangible assets of economic, rural and social development.
The seminar aimed to inform GI right holders about the respective GI protection systems in China and Europe, provided recommendations on how to approach the respective markets and how to use the different systems, including what to do before approaching the authorities, as well as addressing brand names in the Chinese language and transliteration issues.
AQSIQ is the ministry-level administration in charge of national quality, certification, accreditation, exit-entry commodity inspection, standardisation, safety, quality of products and administrative law enforcement notably in GIs.
As part of progressing EU-China negotiations on mutual GI recognition, IPR2 supported a public forum on the protection of GIs and appellation of origin in Chongqing in November 2009. Read more. In addition, published a study providing an overview of the legal framework and practical experience of protection of geographical indications in the EU and China. It examines the EC legislation on GIs protection and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs, wines and spirits and aims to present a comprehensive assessment of common principles and rules as well as of differences in approach on protection of geographical indications in the European Union and China.
Feasibility study contributing to EU-China negotiations on Geographical Indications, May 2009 - 1.02 MB
As part of this ongoing co-operation on GI protection, IPR2 has published a number for officials and industry on GI legislation, questions and answers on GI registration and protection in Europe and China, as well as updates of the collections of key GI legislation on the IP Law Search at www.ipr2.org/ipsearch.
Q&A Manual: China Legislation on Geographical Indications - 1.41 MB
Q&A Manual on European Legislation on Geographical Indications - 2.86 MB
European Legislation on Protection of Geographical Indications: Overview of the EU Member States’ Legal Framework for Protection of Geographical Indications - 1.95 MB
Geographical Indications collective trademark protection and GI protection litigation cases in China - 785 KB
General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspections and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ)
For more information on GIs protection, contact Mr Carlo Pandolfi
For general information on IPR2, contact Ms Tamryn Barker
[IPR2 ref: CC4.AW3.002]