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

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Dev Saif Gangjee

Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

Date Written: August 20, 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Gangjee, Dev S., Sui Generis or Independent Geographical Indications Protection (August 20, 2020). Irene Calboli and Jane Ginsburg (eds), The Cambridge Handbook of International and Comparative, Trademark Law, (Cambridge University Press) 256, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3677873 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3677873

Dev S. Gangjee (Contact Author)

Faculty of Law, University of Oxford ( email )

St Hilda's College
Cowley Place
Oxford, OX4 1DY
United Kingdom

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