The Lisbon Agreement: Why the United States Should Stop Fighting the Geneva Act

Danielle Dudding · 18 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. 1

Abstract

In May 2015, members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held a Diplomatic Conference that resulted in the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications. The Act modified the Lisbon Agreement (originally created in 1958), extending its previous protection of appellations of origin to geographical indications as well. The United States, which remains a non-party to the Lisbon Agreement, has been adamantly against the expansion of the Agreement to geographical indications. This Note explores the issues surrounding the Geneva Act, the state of the law and international agreements leading up to the Act, and the potential benefits to the United States of joining the new Lisbon Agreement.