Industrial Property Office

Legal regulations

An association of producers or processors (hereinafter referred to as "association") may request a registration of an appellation of origin or a geographical indication for products manufactured or processed or prepared in a region under the conditions determined by law. An individual or a corporation may request a registration of a geographical appellation, provided that at the time of filing of the request the individual or the corporation is the only one that manufactures or processes or prepares the products under the conditions determined by law.

No deadlines are given in connection with the proceeding of the Office.

The following legal regulations are followed:

  • Law No. 452/2001 Coll., on the Protection of Designations of Origin and Geographical Indications and on the Amendment to the Act on Consumer Protection.
  • Law No. 71/1967 Coll. on Administrative Proceedings (Administrative Code), as amended.

The Office reviews whether the appellation of origin or the geographical indication referred to in the application meets the requirements for registration and whether it has all the prerequisites according to § 5.
If it lacks some of the prerequisites provided by law, the Office calls upon the applicant to complete the application, it sets a time limit that cannot be shorter than two months and it calls attention to the fact that otherwise it would terminate the procedure.
If the appellation is excluded from the registration or if it does not meet the requirements stated by this law, the Office refuses the registration.

It is possible to file an appeal against a first instance decision within the time of 15 days since the delivery of a decision. An appeal filed duly functions as a postponement (statute § 61 of the Law No. 71/1967 Coll. on Administrative Proceedings (Administrative Code), as amended).

For further information contact:

Industrial Property Office, Antonína Čermáka 2a, 160 68 Praha 6 – Bubeneč, a lawyer or a patent attorney, whose list you can obtain from the Chamber of Patent Attorneys, Gorkého 12, 602 00 Brno and from the Czech Bar Association, Národní 16, 110 00 Praha 1.

Last modified on – 2015-03-02 12:40