- 2015 International Symposium on Geographical Indications (Country of Origin)-Product Brand Distribution Service (GIDS) held in Geneva
The International Symposium on Geographical Indications (Country of Origin)-Product Brand Distribution Service (GIDS), co-organized by the World Trade Point Federation (WTPF) and Beijing Municipal Commission of Commerce, supported by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and in collaboration with Beijing International Economic and Trade Development Association, is held on 3rd July, 2015 in Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. Participants were representatives from UNCTAD, WIPO, WTO, OriGIn and relevant government departments, industry associations and enterprises.
Mr. Wang Hongcun, member of Beijing Municipal Commission of Commerce has attended the meeting and presented a speech, introduced the registration, distribution and protection of geographical indications (country of origin) products in Beijing China, and welcomed the geographical indications product from other countries enter into Beijing and china. Beijing will provide preferential treatment and convenience for enterprises. Mr. Wang has also extended invitation to 2016 China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Service (CIFTIS) and the Geographical Indications Product Distribution Services Meeting, to jointly promote the development of world geographical indications (country of origin) industry.
At the meeting, Mr. Stefano Inama (UNCTAD), Ms. Marie Paule Rizo (WIPO), Mr. Wolf Meier-Ewert (WTO) and Mr. Massimo Vittori, Managing Director of OriGIn, had an in-depth discussion focusing on the registration and protection of geographical indications product, region industry development and distribution pattern from the UN and global point of view; Ms. Elodie Marfico, representative of Department for the Environment, Transport and Agriculture, Republic and State of Geneva, Switzerland, Mr. Jean-Luc Passuello, President of the Confrérerie des Amateurs du Bleu de Gex, companies representatives of Beijing Niulanshan Distillery and DistributionElite (Beijing) International Trade Co. Ltd. and DistributionElite(Beijing) International Trade Co., Ltd. delivered a speech respectively.
In order to strengthen the trade cooperation between China and Europe, Beijing Zhubang Commercial Center and WTPF Trade Point Murcia, Beijing International Ecnomic and Trade development Association and Euro-Sino Enterprises Association have reached cooperation intention on geographical indications product distribution and signed cooperative agreements.
Geographical indications is not only a new kind of intellectual property rights, also is product quality characteristics and the credibility of the logo, the representative symbol of regional culture and regional image and the embodiment of the country 's rights and interests in the international economy and trade. In 2014, geographical indication products registration number in China has reached 4576, the top three categories are the fruit category (1052), vegetables (674), grain and oil (519), accounting for 49% of the total number of geographical indications in China. Now Beijing has 22 geographical indications products.