September 27, 2017

Geographical Indications belonging to the European Union, in Mexico

Interested persons may present observations and objections related to the protection of Geographical Indications pertaining to the European Union, in Mexico.
                                                                                                                       
Mexico City, September 2017. In the frame of negotiations for the modernization of the Agreement on Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation between Mexico and the European Community and its Member States (hereinafter “EUMFTA”, by the acronym: European Union and Mexico Free Trade Agreement), there are controversial issues on the table that represent a major effort of harmonization and agreement between said political entities.

One of the objectives of the modernization of EUMFTA is to put into force a system that allows the efficient protection of the Geographical Indications of the contracting parties, including their translations or allusive indications, thereby preventing or avoiding their use in situations that may induce confusion.

E.g. The Manchego indication would be applicable only to hard sheep’s cheese from the region of Castilla – la Mancha, Spain; the Camembert indication would be applicable only to soft cow’s cheese from Normandy, France; the Parmigiano Reggiano indication or its translations or modifications, such as Parmesan cheese and Reggiano cheese, would be applicable only to hard cow’s cheese from the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Bologna, Modena and Mantua, Italy.

As part of a system of inclusion of the sectors involved, the Mexican government issued an official notice regarding the 340 geographical indications that the European Union intends to protect in Mexican territory and the technical specifications and additional information pertaining to each one. It also issued a public consultation for the persons interested in formulating opposition or objections to the indications’ recognition, which concludes on October 9, 2017.

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