Geographical Indications in the EU

Policy aspects and future regulation

Friday 11 September 2015

Recent developments in international trade have rekindled the debate on the legal protection of Geographical Indications. In this context, the EU is facing some difficult policy choices on how to protect the names of those products which have a link with a specific geographic place.

The 2015 CIPPM symposium aims at understanding the theoretical and practical implications of the developments of EU legislation in the field.
What are the challenges and opportunities following the proposed extension of GI protection to non-agricultural products in the EU? How would this extension affect the existing PDO/PGI schemes for agricultural products, wines and spirit drinks? What would be the impact of the proposed changes on the GI discourse in Europe? Are there any other requests for legislative amendments?

The event will bring together researchers, GI producers, UK and European institutions and policy makers to debate key issues for the prospects of GI legislation in the EU.

Co-sponsored by CIPPM and Consorzio Tutela Grana Padano, the symposium will take place on Friday 11th September 2015 at Bournemouth University, Executive Business Centre (close to the main railway and coach station).

Detailed programme here.

Sessions and speakers

9.30 – 10.00 Welcome reception

 10.30 – 12.30: The GI discourse in Europe

Chair: Martin Kretschmer (University of Glasgow)

  • Dev Gangjee (University of Oxford)
  • Gail Evans (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Zuzana Slovakova (Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic)

14.00 – 15.20: Regulation of GIs and food quality

Chair: Christophe Geiger (Université de Strasbourg)

  • Vito Rubino (Universita’ del Piemonte Orientale)
  • Funda Lancaster (DEFRA)
  • Nicola Coppola (Bournemouth University)

15.50 – 17.20: Policy options for non-agricultural GIs

Chair: Graham Dutfield (University of Leeds)

  • Simon Haickney (UK Intellectual Property Office)
  • Matteo Gragnani (WIPO)
  • Patricia Covarrubia (University of Buckingham)


Executive Business Centre
89 Holdenhurst Road
Bournemouth BH8 8EB
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Further information and queries

The event is free to attend, however spaces are limited and registration is required. Please reserve your place via Eventbrite by clickink here:

For any queries, please contact Nicola Coppola

E-mail: ncoppola [at] bournemouth [dot] ac [dot] uk


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