Philippines: Common Food Names and Geographical Indications
If properly used, Geographical Indications (GIs) have important potential to add value for agricultural producers, but can also easily be misused to stifle trade in products with common food names. In September, FAS/Manila joined forces with the Philippine Intellectual Property Office to host a one-day workshop on Common Food Names and GIs. The audience included government officials, industry, and congressional staff. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office experts demonstrated how a sound trademark system balances branding goals with safeguards for common food names.