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Guide to Geographical Indications: Linking Products and Their Origins (Summary)

40 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2011  

Daniele Giovannucci

Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA)

Timothy E. Josling

Stanford University - The European Forum, Institute for International Studies

William A. Kerr

University of Saskatchewan - College of Agriculture - Agricultural Economics

Bernard O’Connor

O'Connor and Company

May T. Yeung

Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Geographical Indications present significant opportunities for differentiating products or services that are uniquely related to their geographic origin. While they can offer many positive economic, social, cultural, and even environmental benefits, they can also be problematic and therefore caution is warranted when pursuing them. The publication distills the relevant lessons that could apply, particularly to developing countries, from a review of more than 200 documents and a number of original Case Studies. It presents a groundwork to better understand the costs and the benefits of undertaking Geographical Indications by outlining the basic processes, covering the pros and cons of different legal instruments, and offering insights into the important factors of success. It reviews and presents current data on the key issues of global GIs such as: economic results, public and private benefits; and market relevance.

Keywords: Geographical Indications, Developing Country, Marketing, Local, Traditional, Culture, Appellation, Legal Protection, Denomination of Origin

JEL Classification: F10, O00, Q00

Suggested Citation

Giovannucci, Daniele and Josling, Timothy E. and Kerr, William A. and O’Connor, Bernard and Yeung, May T., Guide to Geographical Indications: Linking Products and Their Origins (Summary) (2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1736713 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1736713

Daniele Giovannucci (Contact Author)

Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) ( email )

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Philadelphia, PA 19147
United States

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Timothy E. Josling

Stanford University - The European Forum, Institute for International Studies ( email )

Encina Hall C100
616 Serra Street
Stanford, CA 94305
United States
650-723-3438 (Phone)
650-723-4811 (Fax)

William A. Kerr

University of Saskatchewan - College of Agriculture - Agricultural Economics ( email )

51 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8
CANADA

Bernard O’Connor

O'Connor and Company ( email )

Brussels
Belgium

May T. Yeung

Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade ( email )

410 22nd St East
Suite 820
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Canada

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