A legal dispute over the name “Parma” may finally have been put to bed by the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). For years, Maple Leaf Foods has resisted Italian exporters using “Parma” to describe their hams in Canada, relying on their trademark registration number TMA179637 for PARMA. However, under CETA, Canada was required to extend protection for “Prosciutto di Parma” as a geographic indicator of ham from Parma. Now Maple Leaf’s trademark and the geographic indicator will coexist.
See the complete list of geographic indicators here.
Read more on the background of the dispute over “Parma” here.