The Executive-President of the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (Indecopi) Julian Palacin
met with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Daren Tang
The meeting was held to formally deposit Peru's accession to five treaties that are administered by this specialized agency of the United Nations, located in Geneva, Switzerland.
WIPO administers 26 intellectual property treaties, 14 of which Peru is a member and, after depositing its accession to five additional treaties, the country will have joined a total of 19.
Therefore, the accession to the remaining 7 intellectual property treaties —including the Madrid Agreement regarding the international registration of trademarks— is still to be reviewed and analyzed.
"Today's accession to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications will enhance the value of our artisanal and agricultural products with sui generis characteristics," Palacin remarked.
"This will particularly benefit our native communities and small enterprises. Peru has 10 appellations of origin, including our flagship drink Pisco, cacao, coffee, and even ceramics," he added.
Peru deposits its accession to the following international treaties:
1. The Locarno Agreement, which establishes a classification for industrial designs. The competent offices of the Contracting States must indicate in official documents reflecting the deposit or registration of industrial designs the numbers of the classes and subclasses of the Classification to which the goods incorporating the designs belong. This must also be done in any publication the offices issue in respect of the deposit or registration of industrial designs.
2. The Strasbourg Agreement concerning the International Patent Classification, which divides technology into eight sections with approximately 80,000 subdivisions. Classification is indispensable for the retrieval of patent documents in the search for "prior art".
3. The Nice Agreement, which establishes a classification of goods and services for the purposes of registering trademarks and service marks (the Nice Classification).
4. The Vienna Agreement, which establishes a classification (the Vienna Classification) for marks that consist of, or contain, figurative elements.
5. The Lisbon Agreement, and its latest revision, the Geneva Act of 2015, provide for the international protection of appellations of origin and geographical indications through a single procedure with WIPO.