Geographical Indications and Environmental Protection

(2017) 12(2) Frontiers of Law In China 162

UWA School of Law Research Paper

13 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2017

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Michael Blakeney

The University of Western Australia Law School

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

The protection of Geographical Indications (hereinafter "GIs") is required by all members of the World Trade Organization (hereinafter "WTO"), as this is mandated by the WTO Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (hereinafter "TRIPS"). Among the primary justifications for the protection of GIs is to enable producers to secure the premium prices which are attracted by products which have a unique quality that is attributable to their place of production. As this article points out, one reason for this premium price, in the case of agricultural products is that traditionally produced goods are often free from contaminants, such as herbicides and pesticides. Not previously discussed in the literature is the fact that from an environmental protect perspective, GIs applied to agricultural products provides some consumer confidence in their purity, as well as in their traceability. In securing higher returns for agricultural producers, GIs play an important role in securing rural development and the maintenance of rural landscapes. Finally, the article points out that the international GIs regime provides an important means of protecting the traditional knowledge of agricutlural producers.

Suggested Citation

Blakeney, Michael, Geographical Indications and Environmental Protection (2017). (2017) 12(2) Frontiers of Law In China 162, UWA School of Law Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3082096

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