Sui Generis or Independent Geographical Indications Protection
Irene Calboli and Jane Ginsburg (eds), The Cambridge Handbook of International and Comparative, Trademark Law, (Cambridge University Press) 256, Forthcoming
21 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2020
Date Written: August 20, 2020
Geographical indications (GIs) signal provenance for regional products and function as valuable collective brands. They are increasingly protected by 'sui generis' or independent protection systems, which require the registration of a product specification. Over several decades the functions and features of these independent regimes have stabilized, forming recognizable patterns. This chapter unpacks what we mean by sui generis protection for GIs. It argues that sui generis GI registration and protection systems are important sites where GI theory meets GI practice. Traces of the distinctive, foundational normative commitments of GI protection can be seen in the architecture of sui generis GI protection.
Keywords: intellectual property, trade mark, geographical indications, sui generis, registration
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