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How to register geographical indications in the European Community

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38403 45661 2011 6 PDF Available
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How to register geographical indications in the European Community
Abstract

Geographical indications (GIs) are names associated with quality products coming from specific places when the geographical origin of the products gives them specific qualities, characteristics and reputation. Geographical indications are known to be the earliest type of trademarks. Historically, they have existed as long as, if not longer than, trademarks. GIs are intended to highlight special qualities of the products through indication of their origin. They also preserve cultural traditions and, therefore, are rightly associated with protection of traditional knowledge and community rights. Since the consumers appreciate quality goods, the use of GIs allows producers to obtain market recognition and a premium price for their goods. This is one of the reasons why adequate protection of this intellectual property type is required. In the EU, GIs for agricultural products and foodstuffs are protected by EC Regulation 510/2006. In order to be protected in accordance with the Regulation, GIs must be registered. This article briefly explains the nature and benefits of GIs, and explains in more detail the registration system in the EU for European and foreign GIs established by Regulation 510/2006. This issue is significant due to the importance of protection of GIs, as part of the EU quality policy in agriculture. Reference is made to the relevant database for information on EU GIs.

Keywords
Geographical indications; Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs); Protected Designations of Origin (PDOs); Quality agricultural products; Quality foodstuffs; Registration; EU; EC Regulation 510/2006
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: World Patent Information - Volume 33, Issue 1, March 2011, Pages 72–77
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering
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