For those of our visitors who have been following the evolution of the Ethiopian coffee trademarking intervention, I recently came across a very interesting documentary on the subject that looks at the history of coffee and its cultural significance in Ethiopia. It contains interviews with many of the stakeholders in the TM project, including the Director of the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO).
Scroll to the bottom of the page at: http://www.lightyearsip.net/projects/ethiopiancoffee/
On the same page you can also see the logos for the umbrella brand (Ethiopian Fine Coffees) and the sub-brands (Harar, Yirgacheffe, Sidamo).
For more background on this story see the 2007 case study published in the WIPO magazine. This is, of course, not up to date but it does present a valuable overview of the project. (Thanks to Shlomo Bachrach of eastafricaforum.net for sending me the link.)
Post written by Peter Bloch