A Case of Champagne: A Study of Geographical Indications
Corporate Governance eJournal, Vol. 29, 1-31, 2013
33 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2019
Date Written: April 13, 2018
The term 'Method Champenois' connects champagne to its rich history, geographical location and image. Few words evoke luxury and good cheer as much as champagne. Behind the bubbles is an international trade rivalry between the EU and the US to control the lucrative champagne market. The battle lines concern champagne’s recognition as a 'geographical indication'; a type of intellectual property cited primarily in the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement. The conflict is hotly contested. The EU claims the label champagne must only be used for sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region in France. The US counterclaims that champagne is a generic word describing the type of sparkling wine.
Keywords: Agricultural Law, Food Policy, Free Trade, Intellectual Property Law, Geographical Indications of Origin, method champenois, Food Security, socio-legal history
JEL Classification: K10, K30, Q18
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