n Without Prejudice - Defining "geographic indicators" : intellectual property

Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



The use by traders of marks with geographic significance is both normal and problematic. It is normal to wish to indicate a connection with a particular geographic location, especially if that location gives the product a cachet or characteristic it would not otherwise have. However it is problematic if, in doing so, the trader seeks to fence off part of the commons which should be free to any other trader who does not mislead by using the geographical name.

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