23rd June 2022 |
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment is seeking the views of stakeholders and interested parties on the proposal for a regulation on geographical indication protection for craft and industrial products and amending Regulations (EU) 2017/1001 and (EU) 2019/1753 and Council Decision (EU) 2019/1754, published by the European Commission on 13 April 2022.
The purpose of the proposed regulation is to:
- establish an EU-wide protection for geographical indications of craft and industrial products allowing producers to protect the intellectual property rights of their products across the EU and act against fake products, including online
- allow full compatibility with international GI protection by enabling producers of registered craft and industrial GIs to protect their products in all countries that are signatories of the Geneva Act on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications under the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), while enabling GIs from non-EU countries to access GI protection within the EU
- make it easier for consumers to recognise the quality of such products and make more informed choices
- support the development of Europe’s rural and other regions by providing incentives for producers, especially micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), to invest in new authentic products and regions, especially rural and less developed ones, to retain unique skills and benefit from the reputation of GIs including by attracting tourists
Respondents are requested to make their submissions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for receipt of submissions is 5pm on Friday, 5 August 2022.