At its first session, which took place in Geneva from March 17 to 20, 2009, the Working Group on the Development of the Lisbon System (Appellations of Origin) (hereinafter referred to as “the Working Group”) agreed, inter alia, that the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) should conduct a survey with a view to ascertaining how the Lisbon system might be improved, in order that the system would become more attractive for users and prospective new members of the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration (hereinafter referred to as "the Lisbon Agreement") while preserving the principles and objectives of the Agreement.
Addressees & Time-limit
In October 2009, the International Bureau of WIPO initiated the above-mentioned survey and called upon contracting States of the Lisbon Agreement, States non-members of the Lisbon system, interested intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as interested circles to submit any suggestions for such improvements preferably by the end of 2009.
The results of the survey have been considered by the Working Group on the Development of the Lisbon System (Appellations of Origin) at its second session from August 30 to September 3, 2010.
- Full Text of the Submissions Received
- General Overview of the Lisbon Agreement