Geographical Indications: Worldwide Symposia

The Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications is organized every two years by WIPO in cooperation with an interested member state. It brings together international experts, representing academia, member states’ administrations, geographical indication (GI) producers and non-governmental organizations.

The Symposium is a forum for the exchange of ideas and views on various issues, such as the socio-economic impact of GIs, the way in which intellectual property may be used in branding strategies for commodities, and the management of GIs (e.g., the organization of producer groups, traceability and control issues relating to the use and protection of GIs).

The Symposium contributes to the ongoing debate on GIs at national and international levels.