The 6th Session Working Group on the Development of the Lisbon System (Appellations of Origin) was held in Geneva (Switzerland), from December 3 to 7, 2012.
In 2008, the Assembly of the Lisbon Union established a Working Group on the Development of the Lisbon System responsible for review of the Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration to attract more Member States and international governmental organizations.
Currently, there are only 27 members to the Lisbon Agreement. 12 members to the Lisbon Agreement took part in the session, including representatives of France, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Portugal etc.). 20 Member States were represented as observers (including the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Spain, Switzerland, Germany etc.). In addition, 3 representatives of the intergovernmental organizations and 6 representatives of the international non-governmental organizations took part in the session in an observer capacity.
The following documents were presented at the 6th Session Working Group prepared by the Secretariat on the basis of the results of the previous sessions.
- the Draft New Instrument on the International Registration of Geographical Indications and Appellations of Origin (the Draft Revised Lisbon Agreement),
- the Draft Protocol on Geographical Indications Supplementing the Revised
Lisbon Agreement (Option A),
- the Draft Protocol on Geographical Indications (Option B).
As a result of the discussion of the documents, the Working Group took a decision to focus on further improvements of the Draft Revised Lisbon Agreement. The geographical indications shall be introduced in the text of the Draft Revised Lisbon Agreement. The agreement reached on the establishment of a single International Register which would cover both appellations of origin and geographical indications.
The Draft Revised Lisbon Agreement was discussed in a business and constructive environment which allowed to develop the unified position on most fundamental provisions. Obtained results of the session and the active participation of the leading countries delegations as observers in the session suggest the possibility of successful implementation of the further improvements of the Lisbon System.
A new international mechanism, that would cover both appellations of origin and geographical indications and would be compatible with the provisions of the TRIPS Agreement existing under the WTO, might appear in the age of globalization that reached its maximum level. Thus, the mechanism should encourage many countries to join the Lisbon System in the future.
International Cooperation Department