Outcome Second Session Lisbon Working Group (August 30-September 3, 2010)
September 7, 2010
The following proposals received wide support from the Working Group:
- Proposal to open up the Lisbon system to the accession of competent intergovernmental organizations (IGOs);
- Proposal to introduce two separate definitions in the Lisbon Agreement: one for appellations of origin (along the lines of Art. 2 of the Lisbon Agreement), and the other for geographical indications (along the lines of Art. 22.1 of the TRIPS Agreement);
- Proposal to extend the protection conferred by the Lisbon Agreement to traditional non-geographical indications.
The Working Group requested the International Bureau to prepare for its next session (probably, in the spring of 2011) draft provisions on various topics, notably:
- Scope of protection
- Prior users
- Applications for trans-border appellations of origin and geographical indications
- Accession criteria for IGO’s
The Working Group also invited the International Bureau to prepare a study on the possibility of dispute settlement within the Lisbon system (for discussion by the Working Group, but possibly at a later stage).
For more detailed information, please refer to the
Summary by the
Chair that was adopted by the Working Group at the end of the second session.