Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration

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Lisbon Agreement
Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration of October 31, 1958, as revised at Stockholm on July 14, 1967, and as amended on September 28, 1979
Signed 31 October 1958 (Lisbon)
14 July 1967 (Stockholm)
21 May 2015 (Geneva)
Location Lisbon, Stockholm, Geneva
Effective 25 September 1966 (Lisbon)
31 October 1973 (Stockholm)
not in force (Geneva)
Signatories 11 (Lisbon)
5 (Stockholm)
11 (Geneva)
Parties 10 (Lisbon)
27 (Stockholm)
0 (Geneva)
Depositary Switzerland (Lisbon), Sweden (Stockholm), WIPO (Geneva)
Language French (Lisbon, Stockholm)
Languages Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish (Geneva)

The Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration, signed on 31 October 1958, ensures that in member countries, appellations of origin receive protection when are protected in their country of origin. It lays down provisions for what qualifies as an appellation of origin, protection measures and establishes an International Register of Appellations of Origin, run by the World Intellectual Property Organization. The agreement came into force in 1966, and was revised at Stockholm (1967) and amended in 1979. As of May 2015, 28 states are party to the convention and 1000 appellations of origin has been registered.[1]

The agreements establishes a Special Union under Article 19 of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (1883).[2] Some aspects of the agreement have been superseded by the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.

2015 Act[edit]

In May 2015, the Geneva Act to the Agreement was adopted, formally extending protection to Geographical Indication and changing the name: Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications. The act furthermore allows intergovernmental organisations to be become parties. On 21 May the Act was signed by 13 states: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Congo, France, Gabon, Hungary, Mali, Nicaragua, Peru, Romania and Togo.

Parties[edit]

The treaty applies mutually between the parties of the 1958 Lisbon Agreement and the 1967 Stockholm Act, but not between a party solely to the 1958 Agreement and another party solely to the 1967 Stockholm act. The Geneva Act is not in force, but after it enters into force, it will only apply between the Geneva act parties. If a state is a party to multiple Lisbon instruments, then a registered appellation of origin registered under any of the instruments applies also to parties of the other instruments the state is a party to.

State Lisbon Agreement Stockholm Act Geneva Act Registered AO
 Algeria 31 October 1973 7
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 July 2013 Signed 0
 Bulgaria 12 August 1975 51
 Burkina Faso 2 September 1975 Signed 0
 Congo 16 November 1977 Signed 0
 Costa Rica 30 July 1997 1
 Cuba 25 September 1966 8 April 1975 19
 Czech Republic 1 January 1993 1 January 1993 76
 Czechoslovakia 25 September 1966-
1 January 1993
31 October 1973-
1 January 1993
 France 25 September 1966 12 August 1975 Signed 509
 Gabon 10 June 1975 Signed 0
 Georgia 23 September 2004 28
 Greece Signed
 Haiti 25 September 1966 0
 Hungary 23 March 1967 31 October 1973 Signed 28
 Iran 9 March 2006 16
 Israel 25 September 1966 31 October 1973 1
 Italy 29 December 1968 24 April 1977 100
 Macedonia 6 October 2010 4
 Mali Signed
 Mexico 25 September 1966 26 January 2001 14
 Moldova 5 April 2001 1
 Morocco Signed
 Montenegro 3 June 2006 2
 Nicaragua 15 June 2006 Signed 0
 North Korea 4 January 2005 6
 Peru 16 May 2005 Signed 8
 Portugal 25 September 1966 17 April 1991 7
 Romania Signed Signed
 Serbia 1 June 1999 1
 Slovakia 1 January 1993 1 January 1993 7
 Spain Signed
 Togo 30 April 1975 Signed 0
 Tunisia 31 October 1973 7
 Turkey Signed

See also[edit]

Geographic indications

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