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Geograpical Indications, Barriers to Market Access and Preferential Trade Agreements

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  • Viju, Crina
  • Yeung, May T.
  • Kerr, William A.

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Public policy makers in Canada should expect the US to object to the extension of protection to EU GIs in the CETA. The expected gains made in other areas of the CETA for agreeing to protect EU GIs need to be weighed carefully against the potential cost of trade actions through NAFTA. The NAFTA has relatively strong commitments pertaining to intellectual property, although they remain largely untested. In the case of geographical indicators, the NAFTA commitments are structured around the trademark system used by the US and Canada. Other aspects of the NAFTA, such as the investment provisions, may also be used to challenge the negative impact of Canada granting intellectual property protection to GIs.

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Paper provided by Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network in its series Trade Policy Briefs with number 122743.

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Date of creation: Mar 2012
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Handle: RePEc:ags:catptp:122743

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Keywords: GIs; market access; EU; PTA; Agribusiness; Agricultural and Food Policy; International Relations/Trade;

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  1. Kerr, William A., 2011. "The Preference for New Preferential Trade Agreements: Does It Lead to a Good Use of Scarce Resources?," eJADE: electronic Journal of Agricultural and Development Economics, Food and Agriculture Organization, Agricultural and Development Economics Division, vol. 12(1).
  2. Viju, Crina & Kerr, William A. & Mekkaoui, Cherine, 2011. "Everything is on the Table: Agriculture in the Canada-EU Trade Agreement," Trade Policy Briefs 102304, Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network.
  3. Wattanapruttipaisan, Thitapha, 2009. "Trademarks and Geographical Indications: Policy Issues and Options in Trade Negotiations and Implementation," Asian Development Review, Asian Development Bank, vol. 26(1), pages 166-205.
  4. Tim Josling, 2006. "The War on "Terroir": Geographical Indications as a Transatlantic Trade Conflict," Journal of Agricultural Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 57(3), pages 337-363.
  5. Giovannucci, Daniele & Josling, Timothy & Kerr, William & O'Connor, Bernard & Yeung, May T., 2009. "Guide to Geographical Indications: Linking Products and Their Origins (Summary)," MPRA Paper 27955, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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