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CCFN Seminar to Address Geographic Indications Scheduled for June

Friday, June 10, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Consortium for Common Food Names will host a day-long seminar 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. The seminar will feature experts from USPTO, who will brief representatives from U.S. food and beverage companies on the tools available to protect product names and safeguard sales, the expanding threat of restrictions facing U.S. companies and their buyers, and the steps USPTO is taking to protect trademarks and generic terms. NAMI is sponsoring the event. To register for this free workshop, click here.

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