CCFN Seminar To Address Geographic Indications Scheduled For June

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Consortium for Common Food Names will host a day-long seminar on June 21, 2016, at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare, in Chicago, Illinois, to discuss geographic indications (GIs)–signs used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are linked to that origin-and ways companies can protect trademarks and common food names.

The European Union is attempting to impose rules on GIs that could bar U.S. companies from using many generic food terms like bologna, salami and parmesan in the U.S. market and in markets around the world.

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