Distinctive Signs for Collective Use in Latin America: Development Promotion by Valuing Origin and Quality

131 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2022

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Roxana Carmen Blasetti

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Suelen Carls

Bournemouth University; Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Pedro Henrique D. Batista

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Date Written: December 28, 2021

Abstract

Origin-based production, including manufacturing, handicraft, and especially food production in Latin American countries, is essential to their economies. Quality differentiation systems such as geographical indications, designations of origin, collective and certification marks, and quality labels, among others, can play a dual role in the economic and social development of the region and in adding value to their products with the consequent impact on trade. However, those systems are quite particular to each country due to multiple realities. Therefore, it is challenging to promote integration, harmonisation, and /or cooperation within the region. Therefore, this paper aims to offer a comprehensive legal comparative understanding of how those systems work in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay to back up further research, law, and policy-making on this field. The outcome indicates potential ways forward, targeting especially (a) the potential of a regional system of mutual recognition of the protection granted at the national level and (b) the improvement of the system at the domestic level, according to each country's reality and producer's needs.

Keywords: Latin America, Geographical Indications, Distinctive Signs for Collective Use, Quality Differentiation Schemes

Suggested Citation

Blasetti, Roxana Carmen and Carls, Suelen and Batista, Pedro Henrique D., Distinctive Signs for Collective Use in Latin America: Development Promotion by Valuing Origin and Quality (December 28, 2021). Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper 22-15, 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4153286 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4153286

Roxana Carmen Blasetti

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Suelen Carls (Contact Author)

Bournemouth University ( email )

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United Kingdom

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Germany

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Pedro Henrique D. Batista

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

Marstallplatz 1
Munich, Bayern 80539
Germany

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