Cambodia gets Geographical Indications for Champagne


Sudipta Bandyopadhyay 14/05/19 #copyright #patent #trademark #brandprotection #infringement #news #newsupdate #topnews #world #headlines #breakingnews #latestnews #trending #hotnews #blogging #education #educationalblog GeographicalIndication #Champagne #Combodia #Vietnam

Champagne, the sparkling wine became the first foreign product to be awarded Geographical Indication status in Cambodia on April 29th 2019.

It is a step to improve business relations with Cambodia and France. There is a high demand for foreign products including food and wine in ASEAN countries. This is the reason for registering Champagne as Geographical Indications (GI). The move serves to protect the product’s reputation in Cambodia and will lead the way for other popular international products to seek GI recognition in Cambodia.

GI is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. GI provides the right to use the indication to prevent its use by a third party whose products doesn’t conform to the applicable standards. GI is enforced by the application of national legislation in The Court of Law. The application for registration of GI shall be filed with the Ministry of Commerce (Department of Intellectual Property).

GI prevents other product from claiming themselves originating from Champagne. Champagne is not only wine made from grapes but also a place in France. In 2015 UNESCO recognised it as a World Heritage. Champagne is also protected by GI registration in Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and Malaysia. In Vietnam, it is protected through a bilateral agreement, and through common law in Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines.

In Cambodia, two geographical indications have been registered namely Kampot Pepper (2016) and Kampong Speu Palm Sugar (April 2nd2019). They subsequently received protection in Vietnam (December 2016), Thailand (March 2017) and the European Union. Cases of GI for Kep flower of salt, Kratie pomelo, Phnom Srok silk, Battambang fragrant rice, Battambang oranges, Siem Reap prahok, and Kampot durian are under process.

Cambodia is the first country to join the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and GI. The aim is to protect the proprietors and customers. The Act aims for s single application and a single set of fees through the WIPO for registering Appellations of origin across multiple jurisdictions. IP services are now working to register French brandy Cognac in Cambodia. Cambodia is becoming a strong network for IP rights.

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