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AFGC WEBINAR | Implementation of proposed Geographical Indications under the European Union – Australia Free Trade Agreement (EU-AUS FTA)

30 October 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The European Union (EU) has identified the protection of geographical indications (GIs) as one of its key objectives in the EU -AUS FTA negotiations. Should Australia agree to protect specific EU GI terms through the FTA, Australia would need to establish an appropriate regulatory system.

To understand more about GIs, implementation considerations and how it may impact your business, join this webinar with IP Australia and Department of Foreign Affairs and trade.

DATE:      Friday, 30 October 2020

TIME:       1.30 – 2.30 pm AEST

RSVP:   Essential – contact Shalini Valecha
if you are interested in attending this event.  Webex webinar/teleconference details will be emailed to the registered members.


Brendan Bourke, Director, Geographical Indications Policy & Governance Group, IP Australia
Lauren Henscke, Director of International IP Section


A GI is essentially a name used on a product that has a specific geographical origin, and suggests product qualities or a reputation that are derived from that origin.

The EU has asked Australia to protect 236 spirit names and 172 agricultural and other foodstuff names as GIs in Australia. The names relate to a range of sectors including, dairy, meat, smallgoods, horticulture, confectionery, oils, beer and spirits.  View the detailed list here.

IP Australia is currently undertaking a consultation with the industry on the type of system changes that may be considered in the event a negotiated outcome gave rise to changes to the way Australia currently protects GIs.    

Join this webinar to hear from IP Australia and DFAT negotiators and seek any clarifications on the GIs and on the consultation process.    



30 October 2020
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Shalini Valecha