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Korea: The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea accedes to the Geneva Act for Geographical Indications

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In October 2019, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK; North Korea) joined the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement for the protection of Geographical Indications and Appellations of Origins.

The Lisbon Agreement is a treaty administered by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and offers international protection for Appellations of Origin (AO) in all member states through a single registration procedure. The Geneva Act was adopted in 2015 and extends the protection of the Lisbon Agreement also to Geographical Indications (GI). It also permits the accession to the Lisbon Agreement by Intergovernmental Organisations such as e.g. the EU.

The DPRK has been a member of the Lisbon Agreement since 2005 and it is one of currently five members of the Geneva Act, along with Cambodia, Albania, Samoa and the European Union. The Act will officially enter into force on 26 February 2020, i.e. three months after the accession of the EU as the fifth member on 26 November 2019.

For further information on the Geneva Act and the DPRK's succession, please refer to  notifications provided by WIPO and European Commission

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