Law on approval of national symbols associated with GIs enters into force

The Moldovan State Agency on Intellectual Property (AGEPI) has announced on its website that the Law on Approval of National Symbols Associated with Protected Geographical Indications, Protected Appellations of Origin and Traditional Specialties Guaranteed entered into force in Moldova on July 25 2014. The text of the law is available in Moldovan only.

According to AGEPI, the law and the Regulation on national symbols prescribe that such symbols can be used free of charge only by:

  • natural or legal persons holding the right to use a protected geographical indication or a protected appellation of origin; or
  • natural or legal persons meeting the requirements for a traditional specialty guaranteed.

The symbols can be used on products, labels and/or packaging materials, in advertising or in accompanying documents.

The national symbols were selected by the National Commission following a national contest organised by the Moldovan government.

Maša Lopicic, PETOŠEVIC, Belgrade

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