|Author (Corporate)||European Union|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 271|
The Lisbon Agreement of 1958 for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration is a treaty administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Its contracting parties are obliged to protect on their territories the appellations of origin of products of the other contracting parties recognized and protected as such in the country of origin and registered at the WIPO International Bureau.
The Geneva Act expands the scope of the Lisbon Agreement beyond appellations of origin to all geographical indications. It is compatible with the WTO TRIPS Agreement and with relevant Union legislation on protection of geographical indications for agricultural products, and allows international organizations (such as the European Union) to become Contracting Parties.
In order for the Union to properly exercise its exclusive competence for the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement and its functions in the context of its exhaustive protection systems for agricultural geographical indications, the EU should become a contracting party.
In July 2018 the European Commission presented a proposal for a Decision authorising the EU's accession to the Geneva Act. This was approved on 7 October 2019 by Council Decision (EU) 2019/1754. On 23 October the European Parliament and the Council published Regulation (EU) 2019/1753 setting out the actions to be taken by the Union following its accession.
|Subject Tags||Agriculture, External Trade | Trade Agreements|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU], World Intellectual Property Organization [WIPO]|