The African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) recently joined the Geneva Act of Lisbon Agreement, which aims at a better protection and recognizion of appellations of origin and geographical indications.
The protocol of negociation of a bilateral trade agreement includes the possibility to add new products to be protected under the agreement. This is precisely what happened regarding the agreement between EU and Korea.
Signing on a new trade agreement between two countries often means an increase in goods trade from all types. The latest one between India and Australia sounds like a happy event for the wine industry.
The wine sector issued concerns regarding the statement of the World Health Organisation to enforce "a global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol". The image of alcoholic beverages might be affected by such policy.
This is a new step forward for the protection of intellectual property on an international level : Jamaica joins the International design and trademark systems. This allows - among other things - to increase the number of market available for companies.
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