Geographical Indications and Designation of Origin
The role of GI and DO in the development of Central America regarding agriculture, rural development and biodiversity management.
Friday, April 3, 2009
The strong growth of international trade in goods and services over the past fifteen years within the context of economic globalization has led to a growing concern about the need to incorporate various intellectual property issues in multilateral, regional and bilateral trade agreements. Within this area, one of the most debated issues in the negotiations of these agreements is that of distinctive signs such as trademarks and geographical indications (GIs), and more specifically the level of protection they should be granted.
It is an issue to keep in mind to add value to Central American export products and to avoid trade disputes.
Conflicts over designations of origin or geographical indications are becoming more common.
The changes include modifying records for geographical indications and designations of origin.
Foreign companies have objected to the registration of European GIs only 6 hours before reaching the deadline to do so.
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