Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications

Every two years, the International Symposium on Geographical Indications (GIs) brings together representatives of national administrations, producers of GI products and GI specialists.

The Symposium provides a forum for exchanging ideas and perspectives on issues relating to the use and protection of geographical indications. It also offers technical insights and information on recent developments in the field.

The 2019 edition of the Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications is organized jointly by WIPO and the Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property (INPI); with the support of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).


Mrs. Katia Pla Diaz
Tel: + 41 22 338 8957
Fax: + 41 22 338 8745


Mrs. Nathalie Frigant
Tel: + 41 22 338 8629
Fax: + 41 22 338 8745


Mrs. Madalena Reis Martins
Tel: +351 21 881 81 20
Fax: +351 21 887 85 08

July 2–4, 2019

Venue: Pátio da Galé, Lisbon

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  • Program
  • Excursion (information available soon)
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Practical information

Entry visa

Most nationalities do not require an entry visa for Portugal. Foreign participants requiring a visa should contact the Embassy or the Consulate of Portugal in their respective countries.

Warning: Please allow sufficient time for visa procedures – in some cases an interview with the applicant may be necessary. The entire procedure may take some time.

Visa requests should be accompanied by justification regarding the objective and conditions of stay in Portugal. Participants or speakers who need a visa should request an invitation letter:

Contact – Madalena Reis Martins: E-mail | Tel: +351 21 881 81 20

Venue and accommodation

Pátio da Galé
Rua do Arsenal, 25
1100-038 Lisbon

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Participants should make their own reservations. All bills are to be settled directly with the hotel.

Airport transfer

The recommended hotels are within easy reach of Lisbon Airport:

  • Metro (blue line – Terreiro do Paço Station (3 minutes walking distance from venue))
  • Aerobus
  • Taxi (10/15 minutes from listed hotels/venue)

On-site registration

On-site registration will take place on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, from 12:30 to 14:30 at the Registration Counter, located next to the conference room, at the entrance to the Pátio da Galé.

Working languages

The working languages will be English, French and Portuguese with simultaneous interpretation.

    Climate, local time

    • The summer in Lisbon is generally characterized by long sunny days with temperatures between 18 and 28 degrees Celsius.
    • Local time in Lisbon is GMT+0.

    Local currency, electricity

    • The currency in Portugal is the Euro.  The exchange rate is approximately 1 EUR = US$1,13 (subject to change). 
    • Voltage: 230 V, 50 Hz AC.  Electric sockets adhere to European standards.  Blade plugs (US standard) must be used in conjunction with a 230 V transformer, as well as an adaptor.