Yesterday, Cambodia became the first country to join the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications.

The Geneva Act provides a system for a single application, through the World Intellectual Property Organization and a single set of fees, for registering appellations of origin or geographical indications across multiple jurisdictions, rather than applying individually in each country. Cambodia deposited its instrument of accession with the WIPO Director General on March 9, 2018.While Cambodia is the first country to officially sign-up, the Act needs four more parties to join before coming into force.

Further information can be found in WIPO’s press release, as well as publication on the Lisbon System.