This chapter explores the vexed question of the legal protection of geographical indications of origin, or ‘GIs’, which control how terms indicating geographical origin may be used in relation to goods such as foodstuffs and alcoholic beverages. For many years GI protection has caused significant controversy among policy makers. More specifically, the debate over GIs tends to be characterised as a battle between the EU on the one hand, and various agricultural producers such as the USA, Australia and New Zealand on the other, over appropriate legal standards.The authors argue that although European policy makers make achievements on this issue, a global agreement on GI protection remains far away.
Comparative and Foreign Law | Intellectual Property | International Law | International Trade
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Michael Handler and Robert Burrell, "GI Blues: The Global Disagreement over Geographical Indications" (July 2012). University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Research Series 2012. Working Paper 30.