New Crafts Geographical Indication IP rights in EU

New Crafts GI IP rights in EU

In a significant move for intellectual property (IP) rights, the EU Council has approved a groundbreaking regulation aimed at safeguarding geographical indications (GIs) for craft and industrial products. This article provides a simplified overview of this development.

Protecting Unique Non-Food Items: The EU has introduced a new intellectual property right to protect renowned non-food products like Murano glass, Albacete cutlery, Donegal tweed, Porcelaine de Limoges, Solingen cutlery and Boleslawiec pottery, among others. This benefits artisans, craftsmen, producers and small businesses whose products are closely tied to their geographical origin.

Empowering Consumers: The regulation’s main goal is to help artisans and producers promote and protect their products, making it easier for consumers to recognize and choose quality items. This supports job opportunities and skill retention in the EU.

Expanding Existing GI Protection: This regulation builds on existing GI protection, extending it beyond wines, spirit drinks, food, and agricultural products to include craft and industrial items. It demonstrates the EU’s commitment to enhancing IP rights in various sectors.

Role of EUIPO: The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) will play a crucial role in managing the registration process, making it simpler and more cost-effective. Producers will apply through Member States, and those without a national system can seek direct registration through the EUIPO.

International Alignment: This move aligns with the EU’s international obligations under the Lisbon Agreement, and the Council has designated the EUIPO as the authority for administering the 2015 Geneva Act. This international treaty simplifies the registration of geographical indications and protects both agricultural and craft/industrial products.


The new Craft and Industrial GIs Regulation is a significant step forward for IP rights in the EU. It recognizes the value of craft and industrial products, strengthens international IP protection, and enhances the EU’s reputation in safeguarding intellectual property. Our law firm fully supports this initiative, which promises better protection for European craft and industrial heritage. As the regulation moves forward, it will positively impact the promotion and preservation of these valuable products.

If you have any questions related to Geographical Indication rights or other Intellectual Property rights, feel free to contact us anytime.

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