Program of the Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Time Session
07.00 - 8.00 Registration
09.10 - 9.40

Keynote address by: 

  • Ms. Wang Binying, Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland

Report on the organization of the Symposium by:

  • Mr. Boonsong Teriyapirom, Minister of Commerce, Kingdom of Thailand

Opening address by:

  • Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Kingdom of Thailand

9.45 - 10.45

Recent Developments in the Field of Geographical Indications

Geographical Indications – What is New in the Asia - Pacific Region?

Speakers will review the latest developments concerning geographical indications in the region.

Moderator: Mrs. Marie-Paule Rizo, Head, Design and Geographical Indication Law Section, Brands and Designs Sector, WIPO


  • Mr. Larry Sait Muling, Senior Director, Marketing and Commercialisation Division, Malaysian Pepper Board, Kuala Lumpur
  • Ms. Cheng Yiqun, State Administration for Industry and Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (SAIC), Beijing
  • Mr. Hasita De Alwis, Director (Promotion), Sri Lanka Tea Board, Colombo
10.45 - 11.15 Coffee Break

11.15 - 12.30

Geographical Indications – Where Do We Stand Today?

For many years, the protection of geographical indication has featured in bilateral and multilateral negotiations between States, as well as on the work programs of an increasing number of intergovernmental and non governmental organizations.  This panel will offer a review of the various initiatives that exist in the field of geographical indications, how those have evolved over the years and how they impact policy making at the national and multilateral levels.

Moderator: Dr. Kajit Sukhum, Assistant Director General, Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) of Thailand, Bangkok


12.30 - 14.00

Lunch Break at the World and Ginger Restaurant on 24th Floor

14.00 - 15.00

An International Register for Geographical Indications

This session will address the current debate to set up an International Register for Geographical Indications.  Specific reference will be made to the ongoing work in WIPO and the World Trade Organization (WTO). 

Moderator: Dr. Tanit Changthavorn, Biodiversity Based Economy Development Office (Public Organization), Bangkok


15.00 - 15.30

Coffee Break 

15.30 - 17.00

The Management of Geographical Indications

Managing Geographical Indications – Some Administrative Aspects

This panel will analyze the role played by the group of producers and other parties which have a right to use a geographical indication, and explain how such role is pivotal for a successful geographical indication.  The panel will also look into the requirements and functioning of an efficient traceability and control scheme for geographical indications. 

Moderator: Mrs. Marie-Paule Rizo, WIPO


  • Mr. Fabio Russo, Senior Industrial Development Officer, Business, Investment and Technology Service Branch, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna
  • Mr. Getachew Mengistie, Intellectual Property Consultant and Attorney, Addis Ababa
  • Mr. Leo Bertozzi, Consultant, Consortium Parmigiano Reggiano, Reggio Emilia, Italy

17.00 - 17.30

Discussions and closing of first day

17.30 - 19.30 Welcome Cocktail offered by WIPO at Lotus Garden on 26th Floor


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Time Session

09.00 - 10.30

Geographical Indications In Branding Strategies

Using Geographical Indications Alongside Other IP Rights

Speakers will explain how geographical indications, individual trademarks and designs can be used together to create brand equity based on geographical origin.

Moderator: Mr. Matthijs Geuze, WIPO


  • Mr. Benjamin Fontaine, Chair, Geographical Indications Committee, European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA), Brussels
  • Mr. Scott Gerien, Dickenson Peatman and Fogarty, Napa, United  States of America
  • Ms. Mildred Medina, Advisor to the Vice-Minister, Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Panama


10.30 - 11.00

Coffee Break

11.00 - 12.30

Geographical Indications for Non-Agricultural Products

This panel will explore how geographical indications can be used and protected for non-agricultural products.

Moderator: Mr. Miguel Ángel Margáin, Director General, Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI), Mexico, D.F.


  • Mr. Massimo Vittori, Secretary General, Organization for an International Geographical Indications Network (oriGIn), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Mr. Thierry Moysset, Manager, Forge de Laguiole, Laguiole, France
  • Mr. Adil El Maliki, Director General, Moroccan Industrial and Commercial Property Office (OMPIC), Casablanca

12.30 - 14.00

Lunch Break at the World and Ginger Restaurant on 24th Floor

14.00 - 15.30

Marketing and Protecting Geographical Indications Around the World

This panel will examine questions related to the worldwide marketing of products identified by geographical indications, including some of the challenges that can be met in the enforcement of the protection of geographical indications.

Moderator: Ms. Jittima Srithaporn, Senior Legal Officer, Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) of Thailand, Bangkok


  • Mr. Miguel Angel Medina, Chair, Geographical Indications Team, The European Association of Trade Mark Owners (MARQUES Ltd.), Leicester, United Kingdom 
  • Ms. Ekaterine Egutia, Deputy Chairperson, National Intellectual Property Center (SAKPATENTI), Tbilisi, Georgia 
  • Mr. Alan Park, Legal Advisor, Scotch Whisky Association, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

15.30 - 16.00

Coffee Break 

16.00 - 17.15

Open Discussion – An International Agenda for Geographical Indications
A moderated debate will give the participants the opportunity to share their views on where the emphasis of future multilateral work on geographical indications - legal, economic and administrative aspects - should be placed.

Moderator:  Mr. Marcus Höpperger, WIPO


  • Mr. Craig Thorn, Senior Advisor, Consortium for Common Food Names, Arlington, United States of America
  • Mrs. Loretta Dormal-Marino, Deputy Director General, International Affairs, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission, Brussels
  • Ms. Carmen Paz Álvarez Enríquez, Senior Advisor, Cabinet of the National Director, National Institute for Industrial Property of Chile (INAPI), Santiago

17.15 - 17.30

Closing remarks addressed by:

  •  A Representative from Thailand
  •  A Representative from WIPO


18.00 - 21.45 Dinner hosted by DIP, Thailand (by invitation)
All invitees meet at 18.00 hours, ground floor, Bangkok Convention Center, Centara Grand Central World


Friday, March 29, 2013 (optional)

Time Session

08.00 - 19.30

All-day Excursion at Samut Songkram (for overseas participants)
All overseas participants meet at 7.00 hours, ground floor, Bangkok Convention Center, Centara Grand Central World