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The Food Industry Affairs Bureau signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on Geographical Indication with Viet Nam

June 2, 2017
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The Food Industry Affairs Bureau (FIAB) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) and the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Viet Nam signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of Geographical Indication (GI) today at Hanoi, Viet Nam.

Outline

MAFF has protected Agricultural GIs in accordance with the Act on Protection of the Names of Specific Agricultural, Forestry and Fishery Products and Foodstuffs since June 2015. As of June 2, 2017, 35 GIs have been registered. Also in Viet Nam, NOIP has protected GIs based on the Intellectual Property Law.

Japan and Viet Nam recognized the importance of cooperation in the field of GI and the necessity of protection of GIs. Both countries agreed to start a cooperation toward protection of GIs. And thereupon today at Hanoi, Viet Nam, FIAB and NOIP signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in order to work toward protection of GIs. Specifically, the cooperation includes the following.

  1. The protection of GIs in both countries
    ・Launch a pilot project to protect GI products reciprocally
    ・Exchange visits of Japan and Viet Nam’s GI experts
  2. The exchange of information regarding legislations and policies on GI
  3. The cooperation of public awareness enhancement of GIs
  4. The establishment of working-level meeting

Reference

The GI protection system
http://www.maff.go.jp/j/shokusan/gi_act/index.html
http://www.maff.go.jp/e/policies/intel/gi_act/index.html (English) 

Contact

Intellectual Property Division, Food Industry Affairs Bureau,
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Tel: +81-3-6738-6319
Fax: +81-3-3502-5301