EU; Green Paper; Geographical Indications ; Non agricultural products ; European Commission ; Harriet Newton

marmo.pngLast spring our blog examined trademarks and Geographic Indications (GIs) see Daniela Ampollini below, “Se è un marchio è un marchio, se è un’indicazione geografica, non può essere un marchio” and in December 2014 the overlap between GIs and trademarks was a conference topic for partner, Julia Holden at the INTA December meeting in Munich. Last week in Brussels a one day conference also discussed whether Geographical Indications (GI) should be extended to non agricultural products. While the conference findings and responses to the consultation Green Paper are yet to be published, this article looks at whether it could be useful to extend the stretch of GIs beyond its current limits of foodstuffs wines and spirits to additional non-agricultural products.Continue Reading Florence’s Leather & Botticono Marble: The EU Green Paper