Geographical Indications and the International Trade in Australian Wines
International Trade Law & Regulation, Vol. 18, No.1, pp. 70-78, 2012
10 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2012 Last revised: 22 Nov 2012
Date Written: November 17, 2012
Australia has been regarded as a 'New World' opponent of attempts under the TRIPS Agreement to extend the European system of GIs protection to the wider world. It also joined with the USA in instituting a successful TRIPS dispute against the EU’s GIs procedures. However, the extensive Australian trade in wines to the EU has obliged Australia to embrace a European-style GIs system for its own wines. This article describes the evolution of the Australian – EU Wine Agreements of 1994 and 2009 and the consequential development of the Australian wine GIs system. It calls into question as over-simplified the Old World/New World dichotomy in relation to GIs.
Keywords: intellectual property, geographical indications, Australian wines, Australia-EU wine agreements
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