This online event falls at the optimum moment in a major European Commission reform process. Indeed, the impact assessment of the geographical indications (GIs) reform - to “strengthen GIs” as requested by President von der Leyen in her mission letter to Commissioner Wojciechowski – will be in full development and with it an intensive consultation of stakeholders. The conference will therefore serve as the focal point for stakeholders to make their views known on the range of issues in the reform process from delivering sustainability to the legal challenge to protect GIs on the internet.
This conference is the follow-up of the jointly hosted conference of the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Commissions' Department for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) on the intersect between GIs and trademarks in 2018, ‘Trademarks and geographical indications: future perspectives’.
Producers, stakeholders and EU country officials will be able to participate and give their views on the different panel sessions.