The EU and the US — conflicting agendas on geographical indications: what is happening in Asia

This paper presumes knowledge of general background to the differences between the EU and the US in relation to geographical indications (GIs).

The US and the EU are both competing in Asia to promote their different approaches to the protection of GIs. The roots of the problem are to be found in the World Trade Organization (WTO) where the US and the EU have agendas for the Doha negotiations, which, for the moment at least, have precluded the possibility of agreement.

In the absense of agreement in the WTO, both the US and the EU are pursuing their seperate objectives through bi-lateral and/or pluri-lateral deals…

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