Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat: The Battle of Sidamo

European Intellectual Property Review, Vol. 32, No. 9, pp. 421-426, 2010

U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 531

19 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2010 Last revised: 23 Mar 2011

Date Written: May 13, 2009

Abstract

This article tells the story of the battle between a US multi-national corporation and one of the world’s poorest countries over control of the name of a premium coffee growing region. The story illustrates the supremacy of trade marks over geographical indications, the strategic importance of licence agreements, and the potential for the intellectual property system to be used to benefit the citizens of least developed countries.

Keywords: Developing countries, Geographical indications, Trade marks, United States

JEL Classification: K00, K19, K33, K40

Suggested Citation

Rotstein, Fiona and Christie, Andrew F., Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat: The Battle of Sidamo (May 13, 2009). European Intellectual Property Review, Vol. 32, No. 9, pp. 421-426, 2010 , U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 531, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1721984

Fiona Rotstein (Contact Author)

Melbourne Law School ( email )

Faculty of Law
Victoria 3010
Australia

Andrew F. Christie

Melbourne Law School ( email )

University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria 3010
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.andrewchristie.com

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