Jim Mulhern, National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO, has taken issue with the results of treaty changes that allow European countries to protect products under geographical trade names.
During a June conference, he pressed the head of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as to why 25 years of precedent had been set aside in negotiating the treaty.
“For the past 25 years, WIPO members have been able to fully participate in negotiations on international treaties, even if they were not members of that particular treaty,” Mulhern says. “For the May conference, this precedent was tossed aside so that the concerns of the United States and other active WIPO members were sidelined.”
As a result, he says, the treaty that resulted “cannot be held up as a legitimate international agreement.”
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