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The American Origin Products Association (AOPA) exists to bring together producers and producer groups across the U.S. with products closely tied to their region of origin. We invite you to read more and join us.
U.S. geographical indications, or what we call American Origin Products, are receiving increasing attention at home and abroad.
This guide clarifies what distinguishes them and offers case studies of four U.S. products.
GI producers around the world strive to promote their products to consumers, and their high quality often brings a higher price. However, with consumer demand comes serious challenges in protecting the identity of their products in a globalized marketplace. Dishonest sellers are tempted to copy product names, logos and even containers in an effort to pass off their fraudulent copy as the authentic article. The AOPA is dedicated to helping U.S. producers fight back against this situation.
The guide was published in 2010 with the support of oriGIn (the Organisation for an International Geographical Indications Network (http://www.origin-gi.com/).
OriGIn is the international umbrella organization of Geographical Indications producer groups, representing some 150 producer associations (over two million) from over 40 countries.
"TTIP Negotiations: Why an Agreement on GIs Matter"
April 21, 2015
Event held in Washington, D.C., by Italian and EU producer groups with origin products / geographical indications alongside American Origin Product producers.
"American Origin Products
and Current Trade Treaties:
What are the Stakes? "
Origin Product Panel Series
taking place in major U.S. cities
Please Join Us for Panel 8
Minneapolis / Bloomington, MN
March 5, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Register to attend in person or to participate in live-streaming webinar at:
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It is very large and can be confusing.
** Directions for those driving in to the Mall of America
** Directions for those walking from the Radisson Blu Hotel inside the Mall of America
All events are free and open to the public.
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