Geographical indications

Can Spanish foods with protected designations of origin (PDO) or protected geographical indications (PGI) continue to be sold in the United Kingdom? Will their names be protected?

In principle, the import of PDO and PGI products into the United Kingdom will be subject to the same rules as comparable products lacking a geographical indication.

The continuing protection of their names will depend on whether Brexit takes place with or without an agreement. 

If there is an agreement, the PDO and PGI of the European Union that are registered before the end of the transition period will enjoy at least the same level of protection as that granted by the current EU regulations.

If there is no agreement, the United Kingdom will establish, as it sees fit and in accordance with the international agreements and treaties in this respect that it has ratified, its own system for the protection of foreign geographical indications in its territory.

What protection will be provided in the European market for the PDO and PGI foods recognised in the UK?

If there is an agreement, the principle of mutual recognition will be applied during the transition period, and the PDO and PGI foods recognised in the United Kingdom and registered before the end of the transition period will enjoy at least the same level of protection in the European Union as that granted by the current EU regulations.

If there is no agreement, the European Union will establish a system for the protection of the geographical indications of the United Kingdom (which need not have the same nature and characteristics as the PDO-PGI system), taking into account, where appropriate, the international treaties to which the European Union or its Member States are party, including the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), the Paris Convention, the Lisbon Agreement and (in a hypothetical future case) the Geneva Act.

Further information about the measures that the British government will implement in case of non-agreement, can be found at the following links:

Novedades

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Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación en España 2019

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Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación

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