Committee description

The Geographical Indications Committee activities concern the legal aspects of GIs and more specifically their difficult relation with trade marks and possibly other distinctive signs.Due to the fact that in quite a few countries GIs are protected by collective and/or certification marks, the Geographical Indications Committee is also active in this special domain. Consequently, the GI Committee establishes permanent relationships with EU entities such as DG AGRI (for GI Regulations), OHIM (for absolute and relative grounds of examination in relation to GIs or for Regulations for which OHIM will be in charge of) and WIPO (Lisbon Agreement). The Geographical Indications Committee will actively cooperate with other organizations dealing with GIs, such as OriGIn, and will actively follow judiciary decisions and more specifically involving those relating to GIs and trade marks.