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Recent International and Regulatory Decisions About Geographical Indications, The

  • Marette, Stephan
  • Babcock, Bruce A.

As worldwide consumer demand for high-quality products and for information about these products increases, labels and geographical indications (GIs) can serve to signal quality traits to consumers. However, GI systems among countries are not homogeneous and can be used as trade barriers against competition. Philosophical differences between the European Union and the United States about how GIs should be registered and protected led to the formation of a WTO dispute settlement panel. In this paper we discuss the issues behind the dispute, the World Trade Organization (WTO) panel decision, and the EU response to the panel decision leading to the new Regulation 510/2006. Given the potential for GI labels to supply consumer information, context is provided for the discussion using recent literature on product labeling. Implications are drawn regarding the importance of the panel decision and the EU response relative to GI issues yet to be negotiated under the Doha Round.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 12706.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2008
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Publication status: Published in Agribusiness: An International Journal 2008, vol. 24 no. 4, pp. 453-472
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:12706
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  1. Bruce A. Babcock & Roxanne Clemens, 2004. "Geographical Indications and Property Rights: Protecting Value-Added Agricultural Products," Midwest Agribusiness Trade Research and Information Center (MATRIC) Publications 04-mbp7, Midwest Agribusiness Trade Research and Information Center (MATRIC) at Iowa State University.
  2. Benitez, Daniel & Bouamra-Mechemache, Zohra & Chaaban, Jad, 2005. "Public Labeling Revisited: The Role of Technological Constraints Under Protected Designation of Origin Regulation," 2005 International Congress, August 23-27, 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark 24668, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
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