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Geographical indications

Geographical indications are place names (in some countries also words associated with a place) used to identify the origin and quality, reputation or other characteristics of products (for example, “Champagne”, “Tequila” or “Roquefort”).

Two issues are debated in the TRIPS Council under the Doha mandate: creating a multilateral register for wines and spirits; and extending the higher (Article 23) level of protection beyond wines and spirits.

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Geographical indications in general
Negotiations (council “special sessions”): the multilateral register for wines and spirits

   > Briefing and papers submitted for the negotiations:1997–2003
Extending the “higher level of protection” beyond wines and spirits