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segunda-feira, 14 de agosto de 2017

EU member states to take China to the court over fake geographical indications

The document states that the majority of the products concern wines and spirits as well as Greek feta cheese, Spanish olive oils and Italian vinegar.
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According to a document from the Greek ministry of economy and growth, Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Portugal, Germany, Hungary and Romania agreed to jointly file a lawsuit – to share the financial burden of the Chinese courts – against Beijing over 25 trademarks which are homonymous with EU geographical indications.

The document states that the majority of the products concern wines and spirits as well as Greek feta cheese, Spanish olive oils, and Italian vinegar.
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EU-China special products pact offers bright future for Europe’s exports

In June, the EU and China published a list of 200 European and Chinese geographical indications (GIs) that are protected on their respective markets, as part of a bilateral deal that should be concluded by December. EURACTIV’s partner Italia Oggi reports.
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According to Greece, feta cheese and Samos wine have been wrongly marketed as “feta” and “Samos”, written in Chinese.

“If these registrations are not rejected by the court, the Chinese holders will have the right to either produce these products for the domestic market or import homonymous counterfeit products from all over the world,” the document warns.
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