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

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Lisbon, Portugal
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 25/09/1966

Category

Intellectual property

Sub category

Origin

Groups

WIPO

What is it about?

This instrument creates an international registration procedure for appellations of origin already granted protection by State parties. A registration is made with the International Bureau of WIPO by the administration of Contracting Parties, under the name of any natural person or legal entity with the right to use an appellation according to national legislation. Once a registration has been made, pursuit can be made in each of the State parties against those who have imitated or usurped a protected appellation of origin.

Why is it relevant?

The Lisbon Agreement supplements the Madrid Agreement for the Repression of False or Deceptive Indications of Source on Goods (Madrid, 14 April 1891). Its provisions permit the international recognition of appellations of origin and offer an improved protection to interested parties.

Additional Information

The Lisbon Agreement was revised in Stockholm on July 14, 1967 and modified on September 28, 1979. The Special Union created by the present Agreement is composed of an Assembly and the International Bureau of WIPO. Only those Member States of the Union for the Protection of Industrial Property created by the Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (20 March 1883) can ratify this Agreement

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