The European Parliament approved new rules aimed at protecting geographical indications (“GI”) for craft and industrial products, in parallel to the existing rules applicable to GI for agricultural products (“Agri-GI”). EU and Non-EU producers of locally renowned non-food products, such as Bruges lace, Bohemian glass, Cuban cigars, Qinghuaci porcelain, certain jewelries made from natural stones, minerals and the likes may want to explore if they are eligible for protection under this upcoming legal regime.
The proposed Regulation will introduce harmonised rules on GI protection for craft and industrial products. The main aspects of this new GI regime will be as follows:
Which products can be protected?
The new regulation will grant protection to craft and industrial products:
- that originate in a specific place, region or country;
- whose quality, reputation or other characteristics are essentially attributable to their geographical origin and
- where at least one of the production steps takes place in the defined geographical area. Read more