Intellectual Property Action Plan: Commission seeks public opinion on protection of Industrial Designs and EU-wide Geographical indications for products

Date : 29/04/2021 – Source : Commission Européenne – Lien

The Commission launched today two public consultations delivering on its actions presented in the Intellectual property Action Plan. The first public consultation refers to industrial designs protection, that is to the rights which protect the appearance of a product resulting from its attributes such as shape, colours or materials. The public consultation seeks to obtain views of all those affected by design protection in Europe on selected issues, such as whether rules on spare parts protection should be changed, as well as potential policy options in view of the review of the Community Design Regulation (6/2002) and the Directive on the legal protection of designs (98/71/EC).

The second public consultation refers to EU-wide protection of geographical indications for non-agricultural products (i.e. handicrafts and industrial goods). Geographical indications are names like Solingen knives, Herend Porcelain, which identify a product as originating from a specific place from which their peculiar characteristics derive. For such products, the Commission intends to run a thorough assessment of the impact of the potential costs and benefits of creating an efficient and transparent EU geographical indication protection system. The public consultation aims at capturing more detailed views of all relevant stakeholders on the problems related to, among others, the existing legal protection of authentic geographically-rooted non-agricultural products within the internal market; the benefits and risks of EU action; and the available policy options, including the control and enforcement of a future EU-protection system for such products.

Both public consultations will remain open until 22 July 2021 included.

Intellectual property – review of EU rules on industrial design (Design Directive)

EU-wide protection of geographical indications for non-agricultural products

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