WIPO official stresses need to protect geographical indications

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Deputy Director General of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Wang Binying, on Monday stressed the need for more international cooperation in promoting and protecting geographical indications (GIs) as a tool to enhance sustainable development especially in developing countries.

“The protection of geographical indications is one of the most important pillars of intellectual property,” Wang said after meeting with Cameroon’s Prime Minister, Joseph Dion Ngute.

Wang made the remark ahead of a two-day seminar on geographical indications scheduled to begin on Tuesday in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde, “to promote and use geographical indications to help the local people who could be farmers, who could be people doing handicraft, could be from many many areas.”

“For example, the penja pepper and the white honey are two famous GI owned by Cameroon which is very famous in European markets, even in China where I am from,” she added.

According to Wang, the choice of Cameroon to host the international meeting was testament of the good relationship existing between Cameroon and the WIPO.

GIs are signs used on products that have a specific geographical origin and are protected as a form of intellectual property. Enditem

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