Delegation of the European Union to Honduras

42nd Session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT) - EU Closing Statement

Geneva, 07/11/2019 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 191115_37
Statements on behalf of the EU

42nd Session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT) Geneva, 4-7 November 2019 EU Closing Statement


The EU and its Member States would like to congratulate you for guiding us through our agenda successfully this week.


On the topic of designs, we welcome the decision that both the Questionnaire on Graphical User Interface, Icon and Typeface/Type Font Designs and the Questionnaire on temporary protection provided to industrial designs at certain international exhibitions under Article 11 of the Paris Convention should remain open for members to submit additional responses to the to further expand the volume of information available. We appreciate that the proposal submitted by Japan and the USA will remain on the table at the next session and we thank the proponents for their flexibility and readiness to take on board comments made. We are happy that we reached consensus on organising an information session on the topic of international exhibitions at the next session and. We look forward to further work on both issues.


As regards trade marks, on the discussion of country names we would like to thank all delegations and the proponents for their continued efforts to facilitate reaching consensus. We remain open to continue discussions on this issue, in particular as regards the joint proposal in document SCT/41/6. We look forward to the preparation and discussion of  Questionnaires on both the topics of nation brands and the protection of well-known marks at our next session.


On the topic of Geographical Indications, the EU and its Member States offer their thanks and congratulations to the Secretariat for finalization of the database reproducing all returns to Questionnaire I on the National and Regional Systems that can provide a certain protection to Geographical Indications, and to Questionnaire II on the Use and Misuse of Geographical Indications, Country Names and Geographical Terms on the Internet and in the DNS.


We were very satisfied with the GI Information Session that allowed us to hear from three expert panels on important aspects of GIs: evaluation of genericness; GIs as intellectual property titles in the operation of DNS and in the dispute resolution policies; and Notions of identity, similarity and imitation between GIs and trademarks in the context of registration and commercial uses. We consider these sessions are meeting an important need to exchange experiences and advance the global conversation on GIs in a constructive and business-like manner.

As regards the future information session, the Delegation welcomes the decision to organize the information session at the next SCT to discuss two topics, submitted by US together with CH and by the EU. We are looking forward to engage constructively on each of the selected topics, and welcome with satisfaction further proposals tabled from the wider membership. We support forward planning to also discuss at SCT43 Brazils proposal and other proposals for SCT44. 

Finally, we are pleased to announce that the EU is planning to deposit its instrument of accession to the Geneva Act with WIPO on 26 November 2019.

Chair, we are hopeful that this Committee will continue to have fruitful discussions on all three key areas at our next meeting.

Thank you.

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