Monday, March 08, 2010

Putting IP Into Yorkshire Pudding

I didn't know that cats like Yorkshire Pudding - but the IP Kat is all over it today. “Yorkshire Pudding” is being proposed as an official EU Geographic Indication ("GI"). And Canada is negotiating an FTA with the EU - so this has implications here. If you don’t believe me, see the IP Kat & BBC

So - does this mean that, if Canada signs a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the EU, I won't be able to order "Yorkshire Pudding" with my roast beef here in Ottawa at Hy’s, unless it's flown over fresh from Yorkshire? It would probably be a bit flat and soggy after the flight. What's next? Beef Wellington, Worcester Sauce, Dover Sole?

Jeremy and I are are doing intensive research on the economic, diplomatic and other public policy issues - not to mention - legal - that this initiative could provoke. As is often the case, the IP Kat is first to pounce upon delectable intellectual property morsels.


1 comment:

  1. Oh no EU madness is spreading. They stopped us growing certain types of potatoes for our chips. Tried to stop us having brown vinegar for our fish and chips and now they are messing with our Yorkshire puddings and it will probably cost a small fortune out of our taxes for them to debate the non issue. I'm sure that they can't stop you from making your own Yorkshires from the traditional Yorkshire pudding recipe - or can they!!