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Geographical Indications Committee


The Geographical Indications Committee activities concern the legal aspects of GIs and more specifically their difficult relation with trade marks and possibly other distinctive signs.Due to the fact that in quite a few countries GIs are protected by collective and/or certification marks, the Geographical Indications Committee is also active in this special domain. Consequently, the GI Committee establishes permanent relationships with EU entities such as DG AGRI (for GI Regulations), OHIM (for absolute and relative grounds of examination in relation to GIs or for Regulations for which OHIM will be in charge of) and WIPO (Lisbon Agreement). The Geographical Indications Committee will actively cooperate with other organizations dealing with GIs, such as OriGIn, and will actively follow judiciary decisions and more specifically involving those relating to GIs and trade marks.

Mission statement

The Mission of the Geographical Indications Committee is to get involved in all matters dealing with the relationship between trade marks and Geographical Indications. This includes their definition, their protection, their role in international trade and IP agreements, and more specifically the question of how to resolve conflicts between the said two forms of IP. The Committee will evaluate all arguments carefully and exchange its opinion and position with the competent bodies, such as the European Commission, OHIM, WIPO, as well as occasionally its sister associations and national bodies.



Fontaine, Benjamin - Spain


Ruggiero, Paola - Italy



Osgnach, Boris - Italy



Allende, Jorge - Peru

Castillo, Eryck - Mexico

Demoly, Pascale - France

Falconi Perez, Cecilia - Ecuador

Haas, Marie-Emmanuelle - France

Havelock, Keith - United Kingdom

Hubacher, Stefan - Switzerland

Kikinis, Michael - Switzerland

Laszlo, Aron Mark - Hungary

Li, Na "Lina" - China

Lodigiani, Angelica - Italy

Macias, Gilberto - Spain

Malamis, Alkisti-Irene - Greece

Martinho Do Rosário, Margarida - Portugal

Migani, Paolo - Italy

Montero, Aaron - Costa Rica

Moreira Rato, Gonçalo - Portugal

Ockl, Nicole - Germany

Odutola, Bayo - Canada

Paias, Patricia - Portugal

Park, Alan - UK

Pomares, Aitor - Spain

Ringle, Andrea - Germany

Seiter, William - USA

Theodoulou, Dr. Christos A. - Cyprus

Vakhnin, Alexey - Russian Federation

Vrins, Olivier - Belgium

Vukina, Sanja - Croatia

Wachinger, Julian - Germany

Wrede, Jan - UAE