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Geographical Indications for Food Products, Second Edition

By Marsha A. Echols


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Geographical Indications for Food Products presents a detailed update of the international, regional, and national law of geographical indications (GIs) for food products. Since the first edition of this indispensable volume nearly a decade ago, great changes have taken place in both national and international legal and regulatory frameworks for GIs system for food products. Rather than use of limitation (designed to prevent the use of ‘culture’ for protectionist purposes), there is a preponderance to now favour recognition of GIs, with enforcement directed at protection. While the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) remain the multilateral legal benchmarks for GIs, the field has been assertively entered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) with the 2015 Geneva Act (which adds GIs to the EU Lisbon Agreement). This book, still notable for its thorough exploration of the meaning of the TRIPS commitments, in its second edition, brings a new perspective that takes the changed conditions fully into account.

What’s in this book:

With no sacrifice of depth, the author covers a wide range of issues such as the following:

  • estimates of the value added by origin and tradition;
  • GIs as a tool for national and local development;
  • growing importance of the concepts heirloom, heritage, and local;
  • minimum standards of protection under TRIPS;
  • administration and policing of product characteristics;
  • procedures followed by the European Union, Japan and others;
  • applicable laws concerning labelling and unfair business practices;
  • traditional communal nature of GIs versus private property characterization;
  • significance of the WTO’s Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade;
  • administrative and procedural rules at WTO, regional, and national levels;
  • the role of the Codex Alimentarius; and
  • the role of the TRIPS Council.

Features of recent GI laws in Japan and other countries are described to illustrate how governments are creating sui generis systems of varying complexities. The reviews of the provisions for GIs in the bilateral Canada-EU CETA and the proposed mega-regional EU-US TTIP and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are also discussed.

How this will help you:

Given that experience and research have revealed the great financial and cultural value of GIs, this thoroughly updated detailed analysis and interpretation of current trends in food product regulation worldwide is of crucial importance to an adequate understanding of the trade rules that apply to the recognition, protection, and enforcement of GIs and competing names. It is sure to be of great value to anyone concerned with this specialized field, including practitioners, food producers and traders, jurists, officials, policymakers and academics.

Pages 216
Publish Date 11/23/2016
Publish Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041167392
SKU 10057847-0001
Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Food Labelling for Origin and Tradition

Chapter 3 Indications of Origin Prior to the TRIPS Agreement

Chapter 4 The 2015 Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement

Chapter 5 Geographical Indications for Food Products under the TRIPS Agreement

Chapter 6 The Geographical Indications Dispute at the WTO

Chapter 7 Geographical Indications under National Law

Chapter 8 Making a Geographical Indications System Work: Administration, Protections and Enforcement

Chapter 9 Geographical Indications in Bilateral, Regional and Proposed Mega-Regional Trade Agreements

Chapter 10 Two Institutions to Note: The Council for Trade Related Intellectual Property and the Codex Alimentarius Commission

Chapter 11 Conclusions