03.03.2021

On February 26, 2021, Rospatent granted legal protection on the territory of Russia to the first foreign geographical indication – “Korean Red Ginseng” (고려 홍삼).

The term “geographical indication” was introduced into Russian legislation in July 2020.

In October 2020, the Korea Ginseng Association, which includes 120 Korean red ginseng producers, submitted its application to Rospatent.

The association was established by the government of the Republic of Korea with the aim of stimulating the development of the ginseng production industry by improving its reputation, improving the quality of Korean ginseng, and promoting it in foreign countries.

The root of Korean red ginseng is grown only in the Republic of Korea, in areas with certain geographical and natural characteristics. The processing of raw materials is carried out in accordance with the standards established by the Association, ensuring the characteristic appearance and chemical composition of the product.