Hungary Ratifies Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement
On June 10, 2021, Hungary deposited its instrument of ratification of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement will enter into force with respect to Hungary on September 10, 2021.
Hungary has been party to the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration since 1966 and was among the most active delegations in the process of revision of the Lisbon Agreement that ultimately led to the adoption of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications in 2015. This ratification will allow Hungary to protect both its appellations of origin and geographical indications under the Geneva Act, in particular those in the non-agricultural product category.
The Geneva Act, concluded in 2015, and the Lisbon Agreement, concluded in 1958, constitute the “Lisbon System” for the international registration and protection of appellations of origin and geographical indications. The “Lisbon System” currently covers 54 countries.
Prepared by: Erika Farkas
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Sources: Hungarian Intellectual Property Office website, WIPO website
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