The Czech Republic acceded to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications
On June 2, 2022, the Czech Republic deposited its instrument of accession to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement with the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva (WIPO). The deposit took place in the presence of the Director-General of WIPO, Mr Daren Tang, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva, Václav Bálek, and the President of the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic, Josef Kratochvíl.
The protection of designations of origin and geographical indications has a long tradition in the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic was one of the signatories (signatory countries) to the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration of 1958 and actively participated in the negotiations of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications in 2015, which revised the Lisbon Agreement. To date, 75 appellations of origin have been registered in the Czech Republic under the Lisbon system.
Accession to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement will ensure Czech entrepreneurs the continuation of international protection of their products, promote the quality of their products in the world, strengthen competition and consumer protection.