European Union
Japan
Geographical Indications
[Follow-up question from the EC] The reply given to question 11 does not seem to fully answer the point raised in the question. The answer given appears to indicate that the protection of geographical indications for wines and spirits is limited to these geographical indications registered with the International Bureau of WIPO and contained in the list circulated by the International Bureau. Any extension of that list appears to be dependent on the issuing of a new list by WIPO. We therefore seek further clarification: -Are geographical indications for wines and spirits which do not figure in the WIPO list protected in Japan? If not, how can a rightholder obtain protection for such a geographical indication? -What action has been taken in Japan to ensure the protection of geographical indications for wines and spirits originating in WTO Members which do not figure on the WIPO list?
The protection of geographical indications for wines and spirits is not limited to those in the WIPO list. The Japanese Government has made efforts to collect lists of geographical indications by asking the competent authorities of foreign countries to provide lists of geographical indications protected within their territories. Those lists obtained are of use in the course of examination as a material to show the existence of the geographical indications.