We assisted a Japanese research institute in preparing a study on the protection of geographical indications in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

About the study

Since the European Union and Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) entered into force, the Japanese government has been hoping to expand the export of Japanese agricultural commodities to Europe, as Japanese foods are gaining popularity around the world. Meanwhile, imitations and trademark infringements of Japanese products are common on major Asian markets, and those unauthorised products could be made available on the European market and reduce opportunities for Japanese food producers. The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries assigned the project of investigating GI enforcement schemes and procedures to NTT Data IOMC.

Our advice and team

We advised NTT Data IOMC on how GI-certified products are effectively protected, how fraudulent ones are effectively eliminated and how disputes regarding the unlawful use of geographic indications are resolved in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

The client was advised by associate Paulius Mockevičius, counsel Stasys Drazdauskas from Lithuania, senior associate Linda Reneslāce and partner Ieva Andersone from Latvia, and senior associate Olivia Kranich and partner Mihkel Miidla from Estonia.