Appellation of Origin in Mexico

The Lisbon Agreement is an international agreement by which signatory states agree to protect, on their territories, the appellations of origin of other country's products that have also been protected in the country of origin with the appellation of origin and registered with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Mexico signed the Lisbon Agreement on September 1966. One of the most prominent appellations of origin issued by the Mexican government is the Denomination of Origin Tequila- DOT. Knowing what Tequila is for Mexico, we can conclude that the appellation of origin can be defined as a national intellectual property. Following, there is a synopsis of the appellation of origin under Mexican law.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Who can request protection of an appellation of origin?
How to request the appellation of origin in Mexico?
What are the penalties for illegal use of an appellation of origin?
Can an appellation of origin be cancelled or invalidated?
Can a Mexican appellation of origin enjoy international protection?


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