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Cooperation on Geographical Indication with the Kingdom of Thailand

March 22, 2017
MAFF

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and the Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Commerce of Thailand (DIP) will start cooperation in the field of geographical indication (GI).

Outline

The MAFF has protected Agricultural GIs in accordance with Act on Protection of the Names of Specific Agricultural, Forestry and Fishery Products and Foodstuffs since June 2015. As of March 3, 2017, 28 GIs are registered. Also in Thailand, the DIP has protected GIs based on the Geographical Indications Protection Act since 2003.

Both countries recognized the importance of GI and the necessity of mutual protection of GI, and today, the MAFF and the DIP agreed to start cooperation toward mutual protection of GI.

Specifically, MAFF and DIP will start cooperation with the following contents;

1. Exchanging information on legislative and policy activities on GIs as well as implementation of the policies

2. Reciprocal visits to the areas of GI productions

3. Launching a pilot project to apply and protect of GI products mutually

Reference

GI protection system
http://www.maff.go.jp/e/policies/intel/gi_act/index.html

Contact

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