On 21 May 2015 Romania signed, through the Permanent Representative in Geneva, “the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appelations of Origin and Geographical Indications”, a new treaty on intellectual property that guarantees protection to products that are commercialized internationally and that are famous for their qualities, specific to the geographic area of origin.
The new instrument responds to the need to modernize and improve the quality of services offered to beneficiaries of the protection of geographical indications and will improve the promotion of products protected by geographical indications in the global arena.
Since the entry into force of the new treaty, Romanian products whose quality, reputation or other characteristics are essentially due to the geographical origin (such as wines, mineral waters, cheese, cold meats, jams), once protected in Romania, will be able to obtain protection internationally, which opens new opportunities for marketing and promotion for Romanian producers.
The document was negotiated and adopted at the Diplomatic Conference for the adoption of the New Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration, organized and hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization in the period 11 to 21 May 2015. It was attended by 114 delegates. Of these, 54 signed the Final Act and 11 states signed the new treaty the very day of the opening of the procedure.
The new treaty will enter into force three months after the submission to WIPO by five Contracting Parties of instruments of ratification or accession to the Treaty.
The Lisbon Agreement on Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration was adopted in 1958 and revised in 1967. Currently, 28 countries are parties to the treaty.
The latest discussions on the revision of the Lisbon Agreement occurred in the period 2008-2014, in the framework of the Working Group of the Lisbon Union. Romania participated in these discussions and in the Diplomatic Conference for the revision of the Agreement.
The treaty is open for signing by any interested parties for one year.
Examples of Romanian products that may be covered by the treaty: mineral waters, wines, the cheese of Dobrogea, the salami of Sibiu and marmalade of Buciumi etc.
Source: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Romania http://mpgeneva.mae.ro/en/local-news/1608