WTO panel rules on geographic names

April 2005
Southeast Farm Press;4/13/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 11, p6
Trade Publication
The article reports that a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel has ruled that the European Union could not discriminate against the U.S. for using geographic food names that indicate where they are produced. The WTO panel has agreed that Europe could not deny U.S. trademark owners their rights. Geographical indications (GIs) have a particular association with a product, such as Idaho potatoes or Florida oranges. The panel stated that any exceptions to trademark rights for the use of registered GIs were narrow, and, for instance, limited to the actual GI name as registered.


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