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Geographic Names Symposium Planned In SF

SAN FRANCISCO - Plans are set for a July 9-11 symposium in San Francisco on geographical indications as used in trade, open to participants from around the world.

The symposium is being organized by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The USPTO said the symposium would provide for an exchange of views at the national, regional and international levels as well as among representatives of governments and private sector groups.

Geographical indications have become an important trade issue, since goods are sometimes marked with information suggesting a particular geographic origin for the goods. Misuse of such labeling can be a breach of international trade law.

The three-day event will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views on geographical indications at the national, regional and international levels and on future trends in that area. Participation is open to government representatives as well as to any interested party.

Presentations will be made by experts in the field of protection of geographical indications representing international organizations, non-governmental organizations, producers and administrations from WIPO Member States from around the world. Each presentation will be followed by a discussion during which the speakers will answer questions from the audience.

Simultaneous interpretation from and into English, French and Spanish will be provided.

Registration can be completed on-line by accessing WIPO at:
http://www.wipo.int/meetings/2003/geo-ind/en/index.html

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