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Colombia recognizes three new Peruvian AOs

By Espinosa Bellido Abogados - 27/01/2021

The Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC) of Colombia recognized in that country the protection of the Peruvian appellations of origin Loche de Lambayeque, Aceituna de Tacna and Pallar de Ica, which refer to specific types of pumpkin, olive and lima bean.

In recent years Peru has also been intensely active in terms of provisions on geographical indications and appellations of origin. Examples of bilateral trade agreements and treaties include the United States of America– Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA), the Trade Integration Agreement with Mexico, and also Free Trade Agreements with Canada, Singapore, People’s Republic of China, countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), European Union, Japan, Costa Rica and Panama, as well as with the Republic of Korea.

Prior to this recognition, three other Peruvian appellations of origin were already protected in Colombia: Pisco, Cerámica de Chulucanas and Maíz Blanco Gigante de Cusco, which refer to the famous alcoholic beverage and specific types of pottery and white corn.

Peru is a member of the Andean Community, along with Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia, and it is therefore Andean Community legislation that governs industrial property in those four countries. The Community rule in force is Decision 486 of the Andean Community Commission. The definition of appellation of origin in Decision 486 is based on the Lisbon Agreement. Article 201 of this Decision states that:

“An appellation of origin shall be understood to be a geographical indication consisting in the name of a particular country, region or place or a name which, without being that of a particular country, region or place, refers to a particular geographical area, and is used to designate a product originating therein the quality, reputation or other characteristics of which are exclusively or essentially due to the geographical environment in which it is produced, including both natural and human factors”. 

By Espinosa Bellido Abogados - 27/01/2021
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The Industrial Property work of Estudio Francisco Espinosa Bellido Abogados started in 1941 with Dr. Francisco Espinosa Sánchez, father of current senior partner Dr. Francisco Espinosa Bellido and grandfather of current partner Dr. Francisco Espinosa Reboa.

In its 69 years of outstanding legal work the firm has represented the interests of several national and international clients, companies and foreign correspondents obtaining and defending their industrial property rights in Peru, while also displaying an active and remarkable participation in the direction of professional associations in our speciality.

We specialize in counselling, prosecution and litigation in trademarks, patents, trade names, slogans, industrial designs, copyright, domain names, enforcement of those rights as well as unfair competition.