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Protection Of Geographical Indications

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Art. 22.2, which sets the general standard of protection for geographical indications, provides a combination of both approaches that is lit. b is meant to cover any other form of unfair competition provided for in the Paris Convention (PC) which is not already mentioned in lit. a. It is supplemented by Articles 22.3 and 22.4 dealing specifically with the registration of trademarks containing or consisting of a geographical indication, and deceptive geographical indications, respectively. Conceptually, geographical indications derive their particular significance in terms of the law of unfair competition from their function of carrying with them a certain character of distinction and quality or as a means of promotion. Members shall provide the legal means for interested parties to prevent the misleading use of geographical indications.

Keywords: geographical indications; Paris Convention (PC); unfair competition

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