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Challenges and opportunities for protecting geographical indications in Thailand

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  • Chuthaporn Ngokkuen

    (Research Fellow, the Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade, School of Economics and Management, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany)

  • Ulrike Grote

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    (Professor, the Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade, School of Economics and Management, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany)

Abstract

In this paper, the legal framework for the protection of geographical indications (GIs) in Thailand is analysed and challenges the country has been facing in that regard are discussed. Although the legal protection of GIs is ensured by the World Trade Organization, unresolved issues remain concerning GI protection in Thailand. Biopiracy, existing conflicts of interests concerning different types of intellectual property rights (trademarks and patents versus GIs) and the rise in regional and bilateral trade agreements have created major challenges at the multilateral level. In drawing on GI cases in Thailand, in particular that concerning jasmine rice, an attempt is made to further analyse these challenges to protect genetic resources from the perspective of Thailand. This paper concludes with suggestions on how such challenges can be mitigated and in which direction trade negotiations should be shaped.

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Article provided by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in its journal Asia-Pacific Development Journal.

Volume (Year): 19 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (December)
Pages: 93-123

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Handle: RePEc:unt:jnapdj:v:19:y:2012:i:2:p:93-123

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Keywords: Intellectual property; geographical indications; biopiracy; jasmine rice; Thailand;

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