July 18, 2022
On July 18, 2022, the Government of Peru deposited its instrument of accession to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indication (“Geneva Act”). Two years after its entry into force, the Geneva Act now offers protection in 14 Contracting Parties , while the Lisbon System covers up to 57 countries.
WIPO Director General Daren Tang with Julián Palacín, President of the National Institute for the Defense of Free Competition and Intellectual Property (INDECOPI), Peru. (Photo: WIPO/Berrod)
This ratification will allow Peru to protect both its appellations of origin and geographical indications under the Geneva Act, including those in the non-agricultural product category such as “Chulucanas”(pottery),but also its renowned appellations of origin in the spirits and food product categories such as “Pisco” (spirit), “Maíz Blanco Gigante Cusco” (corn), “Pallar de Ica” (bean), or “Aceituna de Tacna” (olive), to name only a few.
The Geneva Act helps producers of quality products, linked to origin, to protect the distinctive designations of their products in multiple jurisdictions, either as appellations of origin or geographical indications, through a single application filed with WIPO, and the payment of one set of fees.
The Lisbon System provides protection for names that identify the geographic origin of products such as coffee, tea, fruits, cheese, wine, pottery, glass and cloth.