40 years of Tequila Designation of Origin
The Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) has acknowledged the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) for their effort and leadership towards the Intellectual Property system and the protection of the Designations of Origin and Geographic Indications.
The Director General of WIPO, Dr. Francis Gurry and of IMPI, Miguel Ángel Margáin, have both been awarded by the CRT for the support that both organizations give to different products which are produced, processed and prepared in a given geographical area, such as Tequila.
Tequila, which has been protected as a Designation of Origin in Mexico since 1974, is currently protected in 45 countries after been internationally registered for the first time in 1978 under the Lisbon Agreement.
In 1994, just after the launching of the CRT, there were 40 Tequila distilleries in Mexico and the Tequila Designation of Origin (DOT) included 40 countries, with an exportation average of over 40 million liters. Currently, there are 160 Tequila producing companies certified by the CRT, more than 1350 certified and active trademarks and the DOT is present in more than 120 countries with 165 million liters being exported per year.