The National Directorate of Intellectual Property of Paraguay (Dinapi) issued a press release in order to remember the commitments made in the Mercosur-European Union Strategic Association Agreement, emphasizing those names of products that should cease to be used in the countries Mercosur members once the agreement comes into force.

Dinapi clarifies that there are terms whose use has been determined as “generic” and will be exempt from that condition, so they may continue to be used.

For this, those interested in using the generic terms must register in a list of “Previous Users” that is being prepared these days by filing a sworn statement at Dinapi’s entry table or by email.

The declaration, which must be submitted within ten days after June 23, must demonstrate that the owner has used the generic term since before November 2017.

The list of terms includes multiple cheeses, such as Parmesan, Fontina, and Gruyere, as well as some alcoholic beverages (grappamiel and gin). Some terms are specific to certain territories – in the case of grappamiel in Uruguay – while others occur in multiple Mercosur countries, including Brazil, so the list allows its use in Spanish and Portuguese.

Source: Cervieri Monsuárez Py

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