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Protection Of Geographical Indications

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Geographical indications are, for the purposes of this Agreement, indications which identify a good as originating in the territory of a Member, or a region or locality in that territory, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to its geographical origin. Art. 22.1 provides a legally binding definition of the term geographical indications which corresponds with the main proposals made by the European Convention (EC). It qualifies geographical indications as indications which identify good. In this respect, the notion of good is to be interpreted broadly as encompassing all marketable matters. The actual determination of the nexus between the good and the geographical indication is left to the courts and administrative authorities of the Member which is to protect the geographical indications.

Keywords: European Convention (EC); geographical indications



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