Lisbon News Is Now Available! Subscribe to the First WIPO Newsletter Dedicated to the Lisbon System for the Protection of Geographical Indications

March 10, 2021

Lisbon News is WIPO’s first newsletter dedicated to the Lisbon System for the international protection and registration of appellations of origin and geographical indications. To stay up to date with Lisbon news and updates, and other developments concerning the Lisbon System, visit the newsletter page and indicate your subscription preferences.

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Through our Lisbon News you will be kept abreast of important developments and main events concerning the Lisbon System. You will receive updates about new accessions and ratifications, declarations, amendments to the legal framework and new proposed services, as well as timely information about official Lisbon Union meetings, public seminars and webinars.

About the Lisbon System

The Lisbon System refers to the WIPO system for the international registration and protection of appellations of origin and geographical indications. It was established in 1958 with the conclusion of the Lisbon Agreement and updated in 2015 by the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement. The Lisbon System is administered by WIPO and as of today covers 53 countries. It provides protection for names that identify the geographic origin of products such as coffee, tea, fruits, cheese, wine, pottery, glass and cloth.

Examples of appellations of origin and geographical indications include Kampot Pepper (Cambodia), Comté (France), Tokaj (Hungary), Sarough Handmade Carpet (Iran), Tequila (Mexico), Porto (Portugal), Chulucanas (Peru) and Huile Téboursouk (Tunisia).

About Geographical Indications and Appellations of Origin

Appellations of origin and geographical indications are distinctive product designations which require a qualitative link between the product to which they refer and its place of origin. Both are useful marketing tools for producers, as they inform consumers about a product’s geographical origin and a quality, characteristic and/or reputation of the product linked to its place of origin. The basic difference between the two terms is that the link with the place of origin is stronger in the case of an appellation of origin.