Thursday, March 7 2024   \  Published by New Zealand IP office.

Bill introduced to add European geographical indications to the New Zealand register

Bill introduced to add European geographical indications to the New Zealand register

The European Union Free Trade Agreement Legislation Amendment Bill will amend legislation to protect a large number of European Union geographical indications in New Zealand.

New legislation to implement the New Zealand-European Union Free Trade Agreement (NZ-EU FTA) has been introduced to Parliament. This Bill includes amendments to the Geographical Indications (Wines and Spirits) Registration Act 2006 to register almost 2,000 European Union (EU) geographical indications (GIs) in New Zealand. The registration of these GIs was negotiated as part of the free trade agreement.

The Bill also includes new enforcement measures for registered GIs. The Bill will also make a consequential change to the Trade Marks Act 2002, to clarify that the Commissioner of Trade Marks must also consider these EU GIs registered in New Zealand when examining an application to register a trade mark. Read more

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