U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Bolsters Protection of Common Food Names

The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), North American Meat Institute (NAMI), National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) commend the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a new examination guide published on Friday that will help ensure that generic terms are given adequate consideration and protection.

CCFN Urges Trump Administration to Seek Stronger Commitments on Generic Names

In testimony before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) urged the U.S. Administration to secure “firm and explicit commitments” with trading partners to assure the future use of specific generic food and beverage names targeted by EU monopolization efforts, and to reject the use of GIs as barriers to trade.

CCFN: Major Cheese-Producing Nations Stand Firm Against EU Geographical Indications

“This is an egregious overstep that attempts to shut the door on competition from the many producers of havarti around the world – including within the EU itself,” said Jaime Castaneda, Executive Director of the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN).

CCFN, U.S. Dairy Industry and Consorzio Tutela Mozzarella di Bufala Campana Sign Historic Agreement on Geographical Indications and Common Names

The Consorzio Tutela Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) have signed an historic agreement that is expected to pave the way for a new dialogue on the protection of products of origin in the United States and in global markets – including those bearing geographical indications (GIs), while respecting the rights of companies to produce and market products bearing generic names.

CCFN Succeeds In Defending Asiago Trademark Rights in U.S.

In April, after a protracted, years-long battle to try to trademark the generic term “asiago”, and steady opposition efforts by CCFN, Italy’s asiago consortium (Consorzio Tutela Formaggio Asiago) abandoned its application for a U.S. trademark for exclusive use of the term “asiago” in the United States.