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European Commission public consultation on EU-wide protection of geographical indications for non-agricultural products

Geographical indications (GIs) are names of products which correspond to the products’ geographical national, regional or local origin and/or the producers’ know-how, and thus have the status of intellectual property (IP) rights. They identify a good as originating in a specific place where a particular quality, reputation or other characteristics are essentially attributable to its geographical origin (e.g., Donegal tweed, Murano glass, Solingen cutlery).

There is currently no EU-wide system for protecting the geographical indications of non-agricultural products (such as handicrafts and industrial goods). The European Commission’s Intellectual Property Action Plan announced on 25 November 2020 referred to the Commission’s intention to examine the potential for the creation of an efficient and transparent EU GI protection system for such products.

The European Commission intends to run a thorough assessment of the impact of the potential costs and benefits of creating an efficient and transparent EU geographical indication protection system. The feedback received to the inception impact assessment is complemented by two comprehensive legal and economic studies. The public consultation aims at capturing more detailed views of all relevant stakeholders on the problems related to, among others, the existing legal protection of authentic geographically rooted non-agricultural products within the internal market; the benefits and risks of EU action; and the available policy options, including the control and enforcement of a future EU-protection system for such products.

Participants who wish to take part in the consultation should do so by 22 July 2021 by completing the questionnaire available at the following link:

Public Consultation of the EU-wide protection of Geographical Indications for non-agricultural products

Any questions regarding the consultation should be submitted directly to the European Commission using the ‘Contact Form’ on the consultation page.

Further information about this initiative


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