Answer to Written Question: Geographical indication protection system for non-agricultural products
(Source: European Parliament)
Answer given by Mr Breton
on behalf of the European Commission
As announced in the Intellectual Property Action Plan, the Commission has started assessing the impacts of an EU protection system for non-agricultural geographical indications (GIs). From 30 November 2020 to 18 January 2021, the Commission received helpful feedback on the related Inception Impact Assessment, including from certain national public authorities. Furthermore, the Commission launched on 29 April 2021 a 3-months public consultation. The aim is to gather feedback on the possible scope, impacts and policy options of a potential EU initiative. This, together with the ongoing study on control and enforcement rules for GI protection for non-agricultural products in the EU, and the previous legal and economic studies on GI protection at EU level for non-agricultural products in the internal market (from 2013 and 2020), will provide the evidence basis for the impact assessment that the Commission is currently drafting.
In the context of the impact assessment, the Commission is notably taking into consideration the obligations resulting from international treaties, in particular the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origins and Geographical Indications.
 COM(2020) 760 – Making the most of the EU’s innovative potential – An intellectual property action plan to support the EU’s recovery and resilience