The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) recently released a discussion paper on proposed changes to New Zealand's regulatory framework for protecting geographical indications (GIs).
As part of New Zealand's free trade agreement negotiations with the European Union (EU), the EU has proposed that New Zealand adopt a regulatory framework for protecting GIs that is similar to the existing EU framework. The discussion paper, jointly prepared by MFAT and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, outlines the EU's proposals for protecting GIs and seeks your views on the implications of adopting these proposals in New Zealand.
The consultation period on this discussion paper closes on Friday, 27 March 2020. The discussion paper and information about how to make a submission are available on the MFAT website.