Thursday, January 25 2024   \  Published by IP Kat.

EU Regulation on geographical indication protection for craft and industrial products: Italy takes first step

EU Regulation on geographical indication protection for craft and industrial products: Italy takes first step

The EU Regulation on geographical indication (GI) protection for craft and industrial products was approved by the Council on 9 October 2023 (IPKat here), entered into force on 16 November 2023 and will be fully applicable from 1 December 2025. Its purpose is to assist producers in preserving the heritage of locally sourced craft and industrial products, allowing them to compete in specific niche markets while maintaining their local knowledge and culture.

Application process for EU protection of GIs for industrial and craft products

The Regulation provides for a two-step application process for registration (Art. 7 of the Regulation). Each Member State shall designate a competent authority for the national phase of the procedure (Art. 12 of the Regulation). The applicants shall submit their applications for geographical indications (GIs) to the relevant authorities in their respective EU Member State for the examination procedure (Artt. 13-16 of the Regulation). The competent authorities shall then forward the successful applications to the EUIPO for the second step (approval and evaluation). If a Member State does not have a national system for GIs, the applicant can request an exemption from the above-mentioned standard procedure. If the Commission agrees, the applicant can file the request directly through the EUIPO via a direct registration procedure (Artt. 19-20 of the Regulation). Read more

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