GI Blues: The Global Disagreement Over Geographical Indications

EMERGING CHALLENGES IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, pp. 126-144, Kathy Bowrey, Michael Handler, Dianne Nicol, eds., Oxford University Press, 2011

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2012-30

19 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2012

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Michael Handler

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Robert Burrell

University of Melbourne - Law School

Date Written: July 22, 2012

Abstract

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 characterized 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.

Suggested Citation

Handler, Michael and Burrell, Robert, GI Blues: The Global Disagreement Over Geographical Indications (July 22, 2012). EMERGING CHALLENGES IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, pp. 126-144, Kathy Bowrey, Michael Handler, Dianne Nicol, eds., Oxford University Press, 2011; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2012-30. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2125818

Michael Handler (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Australia
+61 2 9385 2874 (Phone)

Robert Burrell

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

University Square
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Victoria, Victoria 3010
Australia

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