Guatemala: New Delay for EU Agreement

The delay is due the eight still unresolved oppositions filed by Italy, France and Spain in September related to Geographical Indications.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sergio de la Torre, Guatemalan Economy Minister had announced that the agreement would take effect in November, however, everything seems to have be delayed by another month.

"... Guatemala is clearing up issues among the three European countries, but reiterated that it has met all the requirements of AA", reported Prensalibre.com.

The chief of Economy stated that "the Council of the European Union must meet in order to see the record of oppositions filed and until it has the support of all countries, the agreement will not come into effect for the Central American nation."



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Guatemala Manages Entry into Force of EU Agreement

October 2013

The country will ask the European Union to discuss the geographical designations in parallel so that the agreement can enter into force in December.

This was explained by Estuardo Castillo, president of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport), who added that "this is what Costa Rica did and there was a good result."

Guatemala Could Enter AA with EU in November

September 2013

The country has fulfilled the last requirement which was pending, the registration of geographical indications, meaning that the Association Agreement could come into force in November.

The Ministry of Economy will notify on September 30 that it has complied with the ratification of the Association Agreement with the European Union and with the 60-day period required for amendments to the Law on Industrial Property related to geographical indications.

Geographical Indications and Designations of Origin

September 2013

It is an issue to keep in mind to add value to Central American export products and to avoid trade disputes.

Months ago the Guatemalan Congress ratified a number of amendments to the Copyright Act in order to protect Geographical Indications and Designations of Origin as provided by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and requested within the Association Agreement with EU.

The Problem of Designations of Origin

August 2013

Conflicts over designations of origin or geographical indications are becoming more common.

An article in Elfinancierocr.com reports that "Costa Rica should identify appropriate channels for conflict resolution if it wants to increase its share in the market with products which are protected by designation of origin (DO) or geographical indication (GI)."

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