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International Organisation of Vine and Wine
dot Wine Limited
Geographic Names Evaluation Panel
Geographical indication in wine sector
Comment Submission Date:7 August 2012 at 11:23:49 UTC
The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) who is the intergovernmental organisation of a scientific and technical nature of recognised competence for its work concerning vines, wine, wine-based beverages, grapes, raisins and other vine products, gathering 44 Governments of Members States, has taken notice of your project of new generic top-level-domain “.wine”.
One of the objective of the OIV is “to inform its members of measures whereby the concerns of producers, consumers and other players in the vine and wine products sector may be taken into consideration.”
The OIV would like to recall that “wine” is an international defined and standardized word as « the beverage resulting exclusively from the partial or complete alcoholic fermentation of fresh grapes, whether crushed or not, or of grape must.” (Definition 18/73).
The OIV has also noticed that your proposed rules for the protection of geographical indications is very limited.
The OIV is in charge to “submit to its members all proposals relating to protecting geographical indications, especially vine- and wine-growing areas and the related appellations of origin, whether designated by geographical names or not, insofar as they do not call into question international agreements relating to trade and intellectual property.”
The OIV would like to recall that the World Trade Organization is in charge of the management of the Trips Agreement, in which article 22 deal with protection of geographical indications and article 23 with additional protection for geographical indication for wines. The OIV has also adopted definitions about geographical indication and appellation of origin and publishes on its website www.oiv.int a list of geographical indications for wines.
The OIV has also some concerns about the creation of list of “premium” names which will be sold via special means such as auctions, as no names are published. If objections by trademarks owners is foreseen, no similar process of objection is mentioned for entity which have intellectual property rights on geographical indications.
The OIV underlines these aspects in order to draw the attention of the competent bodies of Icann when they will operate selection of the candidates in order to take into account the concerns of the vine and wine international community represented by OIV.
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