'Study on the Control and Enforcement Rules for Geographical Indication (GI) protection for non-agricultural products in the EU (January - August 2021)

Andrea Zappalaglio

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The objective of the study - commissioned by the European Commission - consists in ‘providing the Commission with further evidence, analysis and advice on specific control and enforcement aspects of national, European and international trade marks and GI system which are relevant for the preparation of a possible EU system for the protection of non-agricultural GIs.’ In particular, in order to complete the objective, different tasks must be carried out, including a research on the practices used to demonstrate the link between a product and a geographical area; an analysis of the monitoring mechanisms in place during the production phase as well as after the marketing of the product and, finally, an assessment of the enforcement measures. This research must be followed by an analysis of the benefits, costs and effectiveness of the abovementioned monitoring and enforcement mechanisms that must also take into account the differences between agricultural and non-agricultural products. Finally, building upon this background, the study must present three possible models for implementation of a monitoring and enforcement system for a possible future EU GI system for the protection of non-agricultural products.


Invited speaker at the conference 'Strengthening Geographical Indications' (EU Commission, online, November 2020) (https://ec.europa.eu/info/events/strengthening-geographical-indications-digital-conference-2020-nov-25_en#top)

Invited speaker at the conference ‘Implementing Best Practices of Protection Systems for Geographical Indications’ (Ministry for the development of economy, trade and agriculture - Government of Ukraine)

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