China-EU Agreement on Geographical Indications Concluded, 550 Products of Geographical Indications Included in the Protection List

Source:Organizing_Committee    |      Date:2020-10-15

  Provence lavender essential oil, Scotch whisky, Sicilian blood oranges, Shaoxing wine, Lu'an Guapian tea, Anxi Tieguanyin oolong tea... These long-standing and well-known geographical indication (GI) products in China and the EU will receive a higher level of protection following the official signing of the China-EU Agreement on Geographical Indications (hereinafter referred to as the "Agreement”).

  It is learned that 275 European GIs in China and 275 Chinese GIs in the EU are included in the appendix to the Agreement, involving wine, tea, agricultural products, food, etc. The protection will be carried out in two batches: the first batch of 100 European GIs in China and 100 Chinese GIs in the EU will be protected from the date of entry into force of the Agreement; the second batch of 175 European GIs in China and 175 Chinese GIs in the EU will be protected within four years of the entry into force of the Agreement.

  GI is an important indication of product origin and an important type of intellectual property. The Agreement provides the rules for the protection of GIs and the list of mutually recognized GIs, etc., which legally protects these GIs against imitations and usurpation.

  The 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (“CIFTIS”) was taken place on September 4-9 in Beijing. At the International Intellectual Property Protection Service Forum held during the session, Zhang Zhicheng, Director-General of Intellectual Property Protection Department of China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), introduced that the CNIPA has actively promoted the construction of the response mechanism for foreign intellectual property disputes. On the one hand, the National Overseas Intellectual Property Dispute Response and Guidance Center has been providing public services to enterprises, especially small, medium, and micro enterprises. On the other hand, in April 2020, Beijing, Jiangsu, Guangdong, Zhejiang and other places were selected to build branches of the National Overseas Intellectual Property Dispute Response and Guidance Center. At present, the working pattern of multi-point support for overseas intellectual property disputes has been formed.

  At the forum, Zhang Feihu, Director of the Intellectual Property Protection Division of Beijing Municipal Intellectual Property Office, introduced Beijing’s Action Plan on Strengthening Intellectual Property Protection, which included strengthening cross-regional cooperation, carrying out special protection activities, intensifying the protection of intellectual property in key areas, actively implement the demonstration of administrative ruling on patent infringement disputes, and enhancing the construction of institutions for the rapid protection of intellectual property. Among them, innovative measures include establishing and relying on the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei administrative protection collaboration platform, actively carrying out administrative ruling demonstrations, improving the rapid review of new technologies and patents in new fields such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, 5G, and the Internet of things, organizing reform pilot for GI protection products and launching special governance actions on well-known trademarks and trade secrets of public concern.