With new legislation likely to be in force by the end of the year, an understanding of how geographical indications for wines and spirits will be protected is vital for those with clients in this fast growing industry. Important too are the implications for other food products and the longer-term implications of international agreements relating to this emerging area of IP protection. Presented by an acknowledged expert in this field, the webinar will cover what exactly geographical indications are, existing protections relating to names and labelling as well as the changes that will most likely occur when the new legislation is in place and the wider effect internationally of these.
- Learn more about what Geographical Indications are and the best way to optimise the advantages they provide;
- Understand better the provisions of the Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 2006, the amendment bill and the potential impact of these when they come into effect including in respect of foreign registrations.
- Gain insights into the implications for GIs and trade marks of international developments including the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications.
Who should attend?
IP lawyers, in-house counsel in alcohol and food companies, rural lawyers with clients in the wine industry and general practitioners who may advise on these matters from time to time
Dr John Barker
John Barker Law
Dr John Barker is the Principal of John Barker Law – New Zealand’s only specialist food and beverage law firm. He is widely experienced in the field of food and beverage regulation and policy as a lecturer, author and lawyer. He has advised nationally and internationally on geographical indications for over 18 years and has been very closely involved with the development of New Zealand’s geographical indications legislation since its inception. He is a former General Counsel for New Zealand Winegrowers, President of the International Wine and Vine Organisation’s Law and Economy Commission and Industry Chair of the World Wine Trade Group.