Transatlantic Research and Debates Series

Kona Coffee in bloom.
Kona Coffee in bloom. Photo Credit: Kona Coffee Farmers Association.

American Origin Products and the TTIP: Collaboration for Rural Development is a project funded by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States through the Transatlantic Research and Debates program aiming to engage researchers, producers and the public in the TTIP discussions.

During the two year funding period (January 1 2014 - December 31 2015, extended through April 29 2016) a series of panels were held in sequence of explanation, each panel building on the knowledge and concepts of the previous. A schedule of eight panels were held for the project and are listed in the table below. As each panel concluded supplementary materials, and later webinar recordings, were posted to this site.

This project offered the opportunity to:

  • 1) engage more researchers in the topic to back up producer claims and help structure a proposed U.S. Geographic Indication system, and
  • 2) initiate discussion among producers and producer groups directly with decision makers so that the latter group can understand how American producers are disadvantaged by the current lack of a coherent system.

Panel Events

2014 Panels


Research Leaders Meeting
   Fayetteville, AR

Event Location: University of Arkansas
Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development, Room 202

Presented Materials:
Program (PDF)
Panel Organization by Lefever Sequence
Presentation - Bérard (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Webinar recordings for Panel 7 are not avaialble at this time.

Special thanks to the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business for their support in presenting this event.

March 7
8am - 5pm
CDT

Panel 1
AOPs, Geographical Indication and Rural Development
   Washington, DC

Event Location: George Washington University
Marvin Center, Room 302

Presented Materials:
Program (PDF)
Presentation - Mendelson (PDF)
Presentation - Kole (PDF)
Transcript of Presentation - Weege (PDF)

Webinar Recordings: Webinar recordings open in a new window.


Special thanks to George Washington University Law School Intellectual Property Program for their support in presenting this event.

April 10
2 - 4pm
EDT

Panel 2
Unpacking the TTIP
   Chicago, IL

Event Location: Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine, Lurie-Baldwin Auditorium

Presented Materials:
Program (PDF)
Presentation - DiMatteo (PDF)
Presentation - Hansen-Kuhn (PDF)
Presentation - Wasescha (PDF)

Webinar Recordings: Webinar recordings open in a new window.

Special thanks to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine for their support in presenting this event.

May 19
2 - 4pm
CDT

Panel 3
U.S. Producers Tell Their Story
   Burlington, VT

Event Location: Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine, Lurie-Baldwin Auditorium

Presented Materials:
Program (PDF)
Presentation - Couture (PDF)
Presentation - Andaluz (PDF)
Presentation - McCarron (PDF)

Webinar Recordings: Webinar recordings open in a new window.

Special thanks to The University of Vermont Food Systems Initiative, especially the Food Systems Graduate Program, for their support in presenting this event.

June 19
2:30 - 5pm
EDT

Panel 4
Tasting Places: American Origin Food Products and the Consumer
   New York, NY

Event Location: The New School for Public Engagement
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall

Presented Materials:
Program (PDF)
Presentation - McCarthy (PDF)
Presentation - Faugas (PDF)
Presentation - Greenberg (PDF)

Webinar Recordings: Webinar recordings open in a new window.

Special thanks to The New School for Public Engagement Food Studies Program for their support in planning this event.

Sept 8
2 - 4pm
EDT

2015 Panels


Panel 5
Origin Products and Native American Tribes: EU and U.S. Law and Policy
   Albuquerque, NM

Event Location: University of New Mexico
Student Union Building (SUB) Ballroom B

Presented Materials:
Program (PDF)
Presentation - Menato (PDF)
Presentation - Hipp (PDF)
Presentation - Tano (PDF)

Webinar Recordings: Webinar recordings open in a new window.

Special thanks to the University of New Mexico Department of Geography and Environmental Studies for their support in planning this event.

Mar 5
 1 - 3pm
MST

Panel 6
Origin Products and Rural Development: EU Successes, U.S. Promise
   Memphis, TN

Event Location: Sheraton Memphis, Heritage IV Room
250 N Main Street, Memphis TN  38103

Presented Materials:
Program (PDF)
Presentation - Hogan (PDF)
Presentation - Lamie (PDF)

Webinar Recordings: Webinar recordings open in a new window.

May 20
  2 - 4pm
MST

Panel 7
Geographical Indications and Marketing a Regional Taste of Place
  La Crosse, WI

Event Location: Cartwright Center, Valhalla Ballroom

Presented Materials:
Program (PDF)
Presentation - Weege (PDF)
Presentation - Noix de Grenoble (PDF)

Webinar Recordings: Webinar recordings for Panel 7 are not avaialble at this time.

Special thanks to the Nortern Nut Growers Association (NNGA) for allowing this panel to be held in conjunction with their 106th Annual Meeting.

July 28
1 - 2:30pm
CDT

2016 Panel


Panel 8
American Origin Products and Current Trade Treaties: What are the Stakes?
  Minneapolis, MN

Event Location: Boundary Waters Suite in the Mall of America, Level 4 Executive Center

Presented Materials:
Program (PDF)
Presentation - Gervais (PDF)
Presentation - Kimura (PDF)
Presentation - Menato (PDF)

Reference Materials for Panel:
Sidley Update, Jan 28 2016 (Link)

Webinar Recordings: Webinar recordings open in a new window.

Special thanks to the National Farmer's Union (NFU) for allowing this panel to be held in conjunction with their Annual Meeting.

March 5 2016  8am - 12pm
CST

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a geographical indication?

Geographical indications are indications that identify a good as originating in the territory of a Member, or a region or locality in that territory, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to its geographic origin. Examples of geographical indications from the United States include: "FLORIDA" for oranges; "IDAHO" for potatoes; "VIDALIA" for onions; and "WASHINGTON STATE" for apples (Office of Intellectual Property Policy and Enforcement. “Geographical Indications.” Accessed August 6, 2014. http://www.uspto.gov/ip/global/geographical/).

What is T-TIP?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) is an ambitious, comprehensive, and high-standard trade and investment agreement being negotiated between the United States and the European Union (EU) (“Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) | Office of the United States Trade Representative.” Accessed August 6, 2014. http://www.ustr.gov/ttip).

Where is the YouTube PlayList for the Webinar Videos?

A playlist is available online via YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3l6BDyk-Nm77HE19QyaoszptKJIZhrNp).

Sponsors

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support in the planning, presentation and organization of these panels:

George Washington University Law School
Intellectual Property Program

Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Family and Community Medicine

University of Vermont Food Systems Initiative and
University of Vermont Food Systems Graduate Program

 
    The New School for Public Engagement Food Studies Program

University of New Mexico
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

University of Arkansas
Sam M. Walton College of Business

American Origin Products Research Foundation & American Origin Products Association

 

This project is funded in part by the European Union. The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of the University of Arkansas Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union, the United States government, or any origin product producer group. The panel offerings are for information and educational purposes.