Expanded protection for geographical indications
On May 16 2017 the Canadian government passed Bill C-30, formally known as “An Act to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union and its Member States and to provide for certain other measures”. The new legislation introduces a number of amendments to the Trademarks Act related to the protection of geographical indications (GIs) in order to fulfil obligations under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Significantly, the newly enacted law expands the protection of GIs in Canada beyond wines and spirits to include a broad array of agricultural products and foods.
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