MOSCOW, October 24 – PRIME. The Russian government has approved a bill on Russia’s accession to the Lisbon international system of registration of appellations of origin and geographical indications of goods, according to the website of the Cabinet of Ministers following the meeting.
“To approve the draft federal law” On the accession of the Russian Federation to the current Geneva Lisbon agreement on the designation of places of origin and geographical indications “and submit it to the State Duma in due course,” the website says.
It is noted that the bill is aimed at increasing the level of protection and regional brands, creating opportunities for the economic development of regions and local producers, as well as ensuring the integration of the Russian Federation into global systems for the protection of intellectual property.
The Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and Their International Registration was signed in 1958 and entered into force in 1966. It simplifies the international protection system for product names associated with the geographical environment. Despite the fact that the document was signed more than half a century ago, there are not many countries participating in the agreement – there are 30 of them.
The agreement has undergone several, the latest of which is the Geneva Act, adopted in 2015 and entered into force in 2020. The Geneva Act implements an international register not only of appellations of origin of goods, but also allows a number of intergovernmental organizations to join the Lisbon Agreement.